Gutierrez Determined To Win
19 May 2015, 14:58
Jonas Gutierrez is determined not to end his seven-year Newcastle career with a second relegation.
The 31-year-old Argentinian, whose contract expires at the end of a difficult campaign, was part of the team which dropped into the Championship in 2009 after a final-day defeat at Aston Villa.
Six years on, Gutierrez and his team-mates know only victory over West Ham on Sunday - they have not won in 10 matches since February 28 - will guarantee their continued presence in the top-flight, although they will be safe anyway if Hull fail to beat Manchester United at the KC Stadium.
The South American told the Journal: ``I don't have another option than to just think about the game. It's the most important game I have had to play in seven years.
``The good thing is that we play at home and it's in our hands. A few players here know what it's like to go down, and it's not nice for the city, the players and the club.
``We need move forward to the next game and do it for the fans and the city.''
Gutierrez has found himself plunged into the thick of a relegation battle after winning his personal fight against cancer, and while Sunday's game at St James' Park could prove emotional for a variety of reasons, he insists only the club's fate is important.
He said: ``The fans have been really good with me since I arrived, and through my illness. I really appreciated their support.
``I try to do my best for the team and for them. That is more important.''