JONAS Gutierrez insisted that Newcastle United’s players ARE giving everything – even though the club has lost its last eight games.
John Carver’s side are teetering above the Premier League’s relegation zone after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Leicester City.
I can say that all of us our trying our best. I am and I think other players as well. They are giving 100 per cent, and if they are not we do not want them on the team.Jonas Gutierrez
And head coach Carver and the club’s players have come under renewed fire in the wake of their shambolic performance at the King Power Stadium.
But midfielder Gutierrez says the players DO care.
He said: “I don’t think any player is giving less than they can.
“I can say that all of us our trying our best. I am and I think other players as well. They are giving 100 per cent, and if they are not we do not want them on the team.
“The more important is to be focused. We have to be together.
“I always say that I do not care if you make a mistake if you are trying to work hard for the team. We all make mistakes. If you try your best, it is OK.
“If you track back when you have lost the ball, it is a good feeling.”
The Leicester defeat left United just two points above third-from-bottom Sunderland with three games left to play.
And Gutierrez admits confidence is in short supply ahead of Saturday’s home game against West Bromwich Albion.
“That happens everywhere – at all teams – if you have a few defeats in a row,” he said. “It (confidence) goes down, but what we can do as a group is stick together.
“We have a massive game. We have lost two more players (Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson to suspension), and we do not have many players because of injury.
“That is not an excuse. We have to deal with that. It is better for the manager to have more options.
“That is the pressure we have to deal with, but we still believe in us.
“We understand the frustration of the fans – it is totally understandable.
“We need three points to be in a good position for the last two games.”