Jonas Gutierrez is delighted that Newcastle are currently in the top four in the Barlcays Premier League table, but the winger is wary of the challenges that lie ahead as the Toon aim to qualify for European football.
Newcastle are unbeaten so far this season, and came back from 2-1 down to draw with Champions League contenders Tottenham at the weekend.
And Gutierrez believes that while the Toon squad are chuffed to be doing so well at the start of the season, it’s a long time before May rolls around and the side want to keep the good work going.
“Every season is different. Last season we did well against good teams and lost against the poorer teams,” Gutierrez told The Journal.
“This season we have drawn against the top teams so far like Tottenham and Arsenal and we are beating the teams we should be beating. We look strong but we have to keep that up.
“The fans have helped us. They are enjoying it now more than they have before while I have been here. In the past when we have been losing they have not liked it. Now we are winning games they are clearly happier.”
Newcastle fans are renowned for being some of the most passionate in the Barclays Premier League, and they are clearly close to Gutierrez’s heart as he reflects on the north eastern side’s successful start.
“The smiles on the faces of the fans are greater now. We are learning about the mistakes we make,” he explained.
“We have to keep going. It is a long season and in all of the games that come along we are looking better. I don’t care about what people think about Newcastle. All I am bothered about is making sure we improve with every game and stay focused.
“It will be hard to stay in the top four. There are a lot of good teams in the league but at Newcastle we are trying to play good football and keep the ball. Nobody has beaten us yet, so we deserve to be fourth.
“We have a great opportunity next weekend to take the three points [at home to Wigan Athletic]. Against Tottenham many would not have thought we would win but we came very close to beating Spurs. We are playing really well.”
Newcastle are two points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool, and need to keep winning to maintain a run that has surprised the footballing community.