Newcastle must learn from last season, says Gutierrez

The Magpies finished 16th last season after failing to build on a successful previous campaign, and the Argentine winger believes they must learn from their mistakes
Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has urged his team-mates to use the experience of last season’s relegation fight to spur them on in the next campaign.

Having achieved a fifth-placed finish in the 2011-12 season, the Magpies ended a disappointing 2012-13 in 16th position, only securing their safety on the penultimate day of the season.

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The Argentine international believes that the extra strain of playing in the Europa League may have played a part in the club’s downturn in league performance, and expects the players to refocus on the Premier League in the future.

"We have to learn from last season," he told the club's official website.

"We made mistakes and we can learn from those to ensure that we don't make them again next year.

"It was so important to stay up. When you start the season the first thing you think about is staying up and then you build and progress from there once that is achieved.

"Last year was quite a new one for the club because it had been a long time since we were in Europe, and we have to learn from that."

However, Gutierrez has faith in the quality of players available to manager Alan Pardew, and expects him to add to that during the summer transfer window.

"We have a really good group of players now," the Argentine added.

"We have different options in different positions and are much stronger throughout the squad. If we can add one or two more then things could be even better."