Stand-in skipper Jonas proud of Newcastle’s team spirit

HAIR-RAISING ... Everton's Marouane Fellaini gets past Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez.
HAIR-RAISING ... Everton's Marouane Fellaini gets past Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez.

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.”