Jonas Gutierrez

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Away goals could come into play if Newcastle and Atromitos are still level after 90 minutes of next week's Europa League fourth qualifying round second leg - and Jonas Gutierrez knows that Ryan Taylor's strike at the Peristeri Stadium could prove crucial.

The Merseysider bent home a free-kick in first-half stoppage time in Athens to cancel out Denis Epstein's opener to give the Magpies a slight advantage ahead of the return game at the Sports Direct Arena.

And Gutierrez was happy with the 1-1 draw against a side who finished fourth in the Greek Superleague last term after admitting that the hosts had provided a stern examination of United's continental credentials.

"It's a good result," the Argentine ace insisted to nufc.co.uk. "It's always good to score away from home so it was imporant for us that we scored - but it's not going to be easy next week so we have to be ready.

"I think they have a few good players and they try to play good football so we have to be ready because it is going to be hard. I expected that they were going to be a good team - and they are a good team.

"They don't have too many big name players but the Greek league has good teams and theyre in the play-off for Europe because they did very well last season.

"It's going to be a different game at home but it was important that we got a good result out here, so we know that if we win it's going to be enough to go to the group stages."