JONAS Gutierrez told of his pride at captaining Newcastle United on a dramatic night at Goodison Park.
But the winger’s still looking forward to handing the skipper’s armband back to his injured team-mate Fabricio Coloccini.
Alan Pardew’s side twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Everton.
Newcastle were woeful before the break, and David Moyes’s side should have led by more than Leighton Baines’s goal.
But United – and especially substitute Demba Ba – stormed back in the second half.
Ba levelled early in the half, and Victor Anichebe’s late goal was cancelled out by the striker.
And Gutierrez – deputising for his Argentine countryman Coloccini, who has a hamstring injury – was proud of the character on show at Goodison Park.
“I’m proud to captain Newcastle and these players – I really enjoying being captain,” Gutierrez told the Gazette.
“They want to work hard and to play.
“But now we want the captain – Colo (Coloccini) – to come back. He’s a big player for us. We have to be together.
“We know it’s a hard season. We have injured players, and you saw the players run and work hard, and trying to do their best for the team.
“That’s what we want – to be together and to work hard. We wanted to take a good result home.”
Gutierrez felt a draw was a fair result given Everton’s first-half dominance.
And he put their comeback down to boss Alan Pardew’s tactical switch at half-time, which included moving the Argentine to the right of midfield to stop the raids of Baines.
“It was a really good point,” he said. “We had opportunities in the second half to win the game.
“In the first half they were better, but in the second half I think we did better than them.
“This is football. This was a just result for this game – a half went each way.
“We changed a few positions. The manager told us to change. In the first half, we had a tactic, and we changed it.”