JONAS Gutierrez says Newcastle’s draw against Sunderland felt like a defeat.
Gutierrez and his team-mates left the Stadium of Light after yesterday’s 1-1 draw bitterly disappointed not to have taken all three points.
Newcastle battled for 65 minutes with 10 men – Cheik Tiote was dismissed in the 25th minute – and Yohan Cabaye’s opening goal almost turned out to be the winner.
However, an own goal from Demba Ba saw Martin O’Neill’s side take a share of the spoils.
“We’re disappointed with the final result,” Gutierrez said.
“The team worked really hard after the sending off.
“We gave 100 per cent for the team. That’s really, really important.
“We have to think it’s one more point for us. It’s always difficult to play against 11 men. We had 60 minutes to go.
“The team worked really hard all those minutes. I don’t think they made too many opportunities to score.
“When they scored, it was because of an own goal – it was a deflection. It was unlucky, but that’s football, and we have to think back to the next game.”
Gutierrez didn’t see the Tiote challenge on Steven Fletcher which saw him dismissed by referee Martin Atkinson.
The decision provoked a furious response from Tiote’s team-mates.
But Gutierrez said: “I didn’t see the tackle.
“But I never want to speak about the referee’s decision. If he thinks it was a bad tackle, and straight red, it’s because it was. If the referee made a mistake, it’s not because he wanted to do it, it’s because it was a mistake.
“If he thinks it was a red card, it’s done, and we can’t do anything about it.”