JONAS Gutierrez has been backed to add more goals to his game after scoring his best strike yet for Newcastle United.
Gutierrez netted a stunning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The winger evaded four challenges at Molineux before beating Wayne Hennessey at Molineux with his weaker left foot.
Goalscoring isn’t a strength of Gutierrez’s, but manager Alan Pardew’s confident the 28-year-old – who agreed a contract extension at St James’s Park last week – can threaten the opposition goalkeeper more often.
“Hopefully, there’s many more goals to come from Jonas over the course of his new contract,” Gutierrez said.
“It was a great start for him under that new deal, and it was a really super goal.
“He had to dig in – he won headers in the box. He does all the stuff a lot of wide players don’t do.”
For his part, Gutierrez labelled the eighth goal of his United career has his best yet for the club.
The 38th-minute strike doubled Newcastle’s advantage – Demba Ba had put them in the lead earlier in the half – and Pardew’s side survived a nervy second half to claim all three points.
And the result saw United end the weekend fourth in the Premier League.
Gutierrez said: “It was just a great way to celebrate my new contract ,and hopefully more goals like that can come in the future.
“It was a nice goal and I enjoyed it, but the most important thing was to go there and take away the three points.”
“In the second half we didn’t create as many chances – the most important thing was to defend.
“I am very happy about the result, it was really important to come to Wolves and take the three points.”
Gutierrez is among the players away on international duty over the next fortnight, having been called up by Argentina for their games against Chile and Venezuela.
Tim Krul conjured a handful of stunning saves as Wolves slumped to a fourth consecutive defeat.
With Jamie O’Hara’s 22-yard curling free-kick dipping towards the bottom right-hand corner after evading a number of heads, an alert Krul averted the danger with a full-stretch save.
It was not until three minutes from time Krul was finally beaten, with Fletcher making it eight goals in his last 12 league games with a diving header onto a Hammill cross.
Then in the first of five minutes added time, Wolves thought they had grabbed a dramatic equaliser.
However, Doyle’s close-range stab was ruled out as the cross in the build-up was adjudged to have gone over the dead-ball line.
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Hunt (Guedioura 58), Henry (Hammill 58), O’Hara, Jarvis, Doyle, Fletcher. Subs Not Used: De Vries, Edwards, Vokes, Zubar, Doherty. Booked: Henry. Goals: Fletcher 88.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Obertan (Marveaux 90), Cabaye (Guthrie 89), Tiote, Gutierrez, Best, Ba (Lovenkrands 71). Subs Not Used: Elliot, Santon, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi. Booked: Gutierrez, Krul. Goals: Ba 17, Gutierrez 38.
Att: 26,561 Ref: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).