Scottish Premier League

Award winner Higdon arrested

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Mon, 06 May 2013 11:37:00

Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez insists the team are showing the fight needed to stay in the Premier League.

The Magpies earned a point in a 0-0 draw at West Ham on Saturday but are now just three points above the drop zone following Wigan's win at West Brom on the same day.

Following recent criticism, Gutierrez was more concerned with the encouraging togetherness Newcastle displayed at the weekend rather than results elsewhere.

"I think we showed that was a performance of a united, committed team," said the Argentina international.

"Everybody could see we were fighting for each other. It has been a difficult few weeks and we haven't been solid or compact but today we were.

"We walked off the pitch and heard the other results but really I don't care about the other teams, I'm only thinking about Newcastle and what we have to do. This result was a good step in staying up.

"Away from home we haven't had many good performances this year, now we look forward to the next game and hopefully the same kind of performance can get us a win.

"No one who was here could say we weren't playing for each other, fighting until the final whistle.

"If we'd played more games like this in recent weeks I don't think we'd be talking about a relegation battle.

"We showed the fighting qualities we need to survive. If we do the same things I think we'll be OK. Fight, fight, fight really hard, work for the team and try not to concede.

"It was important not to lose this, even more so to keep a clean sheet and now there is another big game. We know we must get the three points next week.

"We are all in this fight together. We all want the same thing."

The 29-year-old from Liverpool was held in connection with an incident at a Glasgow nightclub in the early hours of Monday.

He received his award at a ceremony at the Hilton hotel on Sunday night.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "A 29-year-old man is the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal in connection with an alleged assault at a nightclub in Ingram Street in Glasgow at 1.25am on Monday."

A press conference with Higdon, due to take place at 8.30am on Monday, had been cancelled at short notice.

Higdon won the award voted for by his peers ahead of Leigh Griffiths of Hibernian, Andrew Shinnie of Inverness and Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn.

The absence of any players from runaway Clydesdale Bank Premier League champions Celtic from the awards shortlist had caused controversy, with Hoops boss Neil Lennon describing the situation as "abysmal".

Higdon is the SPL's top scorer this year, having netted 26 goals for Stuart McCall's side.

The player, who arrived from St Mirren in the summer of 2011, now holds Motherwell's post-war record for league goals scored.

It is understood he was released from police custody earlier on Monday.

Higdon has described the season as the "best of his career" and credited his success to "confidence, playing in a good team and having a manager who believes in me".

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