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Alonso: Equal pleasure

The manner of our two most recent victories has differed from the six that went before, but whatever the route to success Marcos Alonso is a happy man.

From the 2-0 triumph over Hull to the win at Middlesbrough we netted an impressive 17 goals without reply in the Premier League. But then came fresh challenges in the matches against Tottenham and Manchester City, as we had to cope with going a goal behind.

On both occasions those deficits were comprehensively overturned, highlighting the squad’s mental character and capacity to come back. Marcos Alonso has started each of our eight straight wins and explained his stance on the different means to three points.

‘I think both types of win are very satisfying,’ the Spaniard said.

‘Winning 5-0 makes it a bit easier, of course, but when you come from behind I think it’s also a very good feeling. It’s satisfying when you play a hard game like that. I remember how I celebrated with Gaz Cahill at the end of the Tottenham game – it was great to come back like we did that day.

‘But it was also great to get the results like we did against Everton and Man U, so I get satisfaction from both.’

Victory at the Etihad on Saturday kept us in first place, but despite winning so many matches on the bounce the gap between us and Arsenal in second is just three points, with a further two teams, Liverpool and Manchester City, a point further back. Alonso expects it to stay tight at the top throughout and stresses the significance of maintaining momentum as the campaign progresses.

‘In the Premier League there are so many teams fighting for the title and it will be very tough. We just have to think game-by-game and keep on giving everything we have to win those games.

‘Winning game after game gives you confidence but you have to keep working. The results give you confidence to work in this way, though. We have got to use this momentum of the last eight league games and go on to have another good game against West Brom now.’