Nolberto Solano
By Gary Oliver

NOLBERTO Solano wants Newcastle United to come out on top against his former club Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Peruvian's first spell as a Magpie came to an end in January 2004, when he was sold by Sir Bobby Robson. But after 52 matches and nine goals for David O'Leary's team, he couldn't resist a return to St. James' Park back on the final day of the August transfer window.

And even though he enjoyed his spell in the West Midlands, Solano says there can be no room for sentiment when he lines up against Villa this weekend.

He told nufc.co.uk: "For me every game is important. This game is important because we need three points, not because it is against Aston Villa.

"I had a great time there, but I'm now a Newcastle United player again and getting the three points is the main thing.

"It won't be an easy game. Villa are a hardworking side and are not easy to beat, but we are at home and we have to play good football and be confident.

"I have a lot of respect for the Aston Villa fans. They understood my situation, I'm playing for Newcastle United again and we have to win this match."

After three consecutive awayday defeats, Solano and United go into December hoping a home victory can lift spirits around Gallowgate at the beginning of a traditionally busy month.

He added: "December is always a crucial month because there are a lot of matches. If we can win four or five games that would be fantastic.

"We have to be consistent, more like Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. Consistency is why they finish in the top four and that is what we have to show."