Jonas Gutierrez

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Jonas Gutierrez insists United deserve huge credit for winning five consecutive Premier League games.

Victories over Norwich, West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool, Swansea and Bolton have lifted the Magpies to joint fourth in the top flight, with the buzz of potential European football next season sweeping across Tyneside.

Gutierrez has more than played his part this term, missing just one of Newcastle's 33 top flight fixtures to date, and the Argentine international is delighted at their current form in the best league in the world.

"It's good to have five wins in a row, especially with it being near the end of the season," he told nufc.co.uk.

"It's always difficult to get three points in this league whoever you are playing against, so we should be proud of what we have achieved. There are not many teams who do this.

"We are in a good position and we now have a couple of weeks before we play again. Hopefully when we play Stoke after our break we can continue this form and keep it going until the end of the season."

Since arriving at Newcastle nearly four years ago Gutierrez has seen plenty of impressive goals scored by teammates, but believes Hatem Ben Arfa's opener against Bolton on Easter Monday is right up there at the top of the list.

And the midfielder explained that is the benefit of having a flair player like Ben Arfa within the ranks - someone who can be having a quiet game, but produce a moment of magic in the blink of an eye.

"It was really hard against Bolton," he said. "They tried to be compact in the defence, so it was hard for us to get the first goal.

"But Hatem scored a great goal for us and then the game opened up which made it easier for us.

 "We know we have quality in this squad and Hatem is one of our quality players.

"He maybe didn't have his best game overall, but he never stopped running and with that type of player you know he can always create something like that. It was a great three points."