JONAS Gutierrez had forgotten how low you can feel as a Newcastle United player when things go badly as he promised the club’s supporters the players would make amends for their shocking 5-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.
United have not played this badly for months and Gutiérrez admitted it was difficult to explain why the team was so poor on their visit to the Reebok Stadium.
The Magpies were two goals down before half-time and conceded another three in the second half as they crashed to their heaviest defeat since December 2008, but their Argentinian winger is adamant they have the mental strength to recover quickly.
He said. “It’s pretty obvious that it was a poor performance. It was really hard for us and Bolton played a lot better than us. We cannot dwell on it. In this league and this division it is always hard and the teams that find consistency have an opportunity to have a good season and finish in the top ten.
“That is the big mistake we are making. We are not regularly winning and we have lost a lot of points that we should have been picking up. It would have got us higher up the table.
“We are all feeling disappointed but now we have to focus on the next game. All the mistakes we have been making in this game we have to make sure we don’t repeat in seven days’ time and beyond.”
The big problem for United is their next game comes at home to a Chelsea side which has lost its last two games and is also smarting from criticism of its title credentials. A third successive defeat would be unthinkable for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
Nevertheless, Newcastle have generally done better when there has been less expectation on them this season, and Gutiérrez is hoping to pull off another shock against the reigning champions next weekend.
He said: “Everything has to be focused on next week. We have to work hard and prepare for the next game because Chelsea at home is going to be really hard. We have to get this game out of the way and focus on the next one.
“This is definitely the worst we have felt this season, this was a bad result. Losing is one thing, but when you lose to a score like this it is very tough.
“In the past, whenever we have played poorly or things have gone against us, we have managed to bounce back, we hope we can do that again. Chelsea have lost again so it will make it even harder for us next week, but we have the strength of character to be strong against them.”
Gutiérrez also leapt to the defence of compatriot Fabricio Coloccini, whose miserable afternoon was ended when he was shown a red card for elbowing Johan Elmander in the face. He claimed it was an accident, but he did make a hefty contact with the Swedish international as he tried to shield the ball.
“Maybe it was not intentional. He is a not a dirty player,” said Gutiérrez. “He played four years in La Coruna but there was never anything like that, it was out of character and he certainly wouldn’t have meant to catch him if he did make contact.
“Knowing him, if he did make contact, he would not have meant it. Football is a contact sport and sometimes you can’t help it. Colo will be a big loss to us because he has been brilliant this season.”