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Sunday 8 December 2019

Hughton praise for ‘Spiderman’ Gutierrez

Damian Spellman

NEWCASTLE boss Chris Hughton saluted Argentina winger Jonas Gutierrez after watching him add a little style to his side’s Championship title charge.

The 26-year-old scored a superb individual goal to put the leaders 4-0 up against 10-man Barnsley, and for the first time in England, produced his Spiderman mask in celebration.

His manager, however, was simply delighted with his contribution as the Magpies moved eight points clear at the top of the table.

Hughton said: “I don’t know if it was worth the wait, but it was a wonderful goal. For us, the most important thing is his overall contribution and we can’t fault that. He was excellent today, a player playing with real confidence.”

There was little to choose between the sides in a lukewarm first half until Barnsley keeper Luke Steele was sent off for tripping Peter Lovenkrands as he rounded him with 42 minutes gone.

With substitute keeper David Preece standing between him, Lovenkrands calmly converted the penalty, and then made it 2-0 with a deft header three minutes after the restart.

Midfielder Danny Guthrie added a third after 50 minutes and then claimed his second 19 minutes later with a freekick.

But in the meantime, Gutierrez had blasted home, and Kevin Nolan made it 6-0 with 19 minutes left. Daniel Bogdanovic pulled one back seven minutes from time.

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