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Gutierrez looking ahead

18 Dec 2011 14:47:19

Gutierrez looking ahead

Jonas Gutierrez has already put the disappointment of a missed opportunity behind him as he plots victory over West Brom.

The Magpies will attempt to reach the 30-point target manager Alan Pardew has set them for Christmas when the Baggies arrive on Tyneside on Wednesday evening. They would have been significantly closer to that landmark in their season had they made the most of the chances they created against Swansea on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw.

Gutierrez, who came within inches of what would have been a winner shortly before the break at St James' Park, said: "We created a lot of chances. We kept the ball and had possession, but that's football."

He added: "Sometimes you create one chance and you score and you win, and sometimes like today, you create many chances and you draw. That's football and we have to focus on the next game.

"We tried to keep the ball, have possession and press high. We did it for 60, 65 minutes of the game, but couldn't score.

"That gave Swansea confidence and in the last 15 minutes, it was another game. Anything could have happened and anyone could have scored."

Pardew could not fault the efforts of his players, although he was less than impressed with referee Lee Mason's decision to hand midfielder Yohan Cabaye a fifth booking of the season, which will sideline him on Wednesday, after previously adopting a lenient approach.

He said: "We are in good fettle for the next game, and that's what you have got to be.

"We haven't been beaten, we have got a clean sheet, played reasonably well. We are disappointed we haven't won, disappointed to lose Yohan to that booking.

"We are frustrated, but hopefully we are armed by that on Wednesday night and we win."


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