DARYL Janmaat says Newcastle United have gone Dutch – by emulating Holland.
Alan Pardew’s side have won their last six games in all competitions.
And the club’s five-game Premier League winning streak has lifted Newcastle into fifth place ahead of Saturday’s visit to West Ham United.
Janmaat feels there are parallels with Holland in Brazil in the summer.
The defender, along with team-mate Tim Krul, was part of the team that reached the World Cup semi-finals, where they were beaten on penalties by Argentina.
“Sometimes, you just seem to get some momentum behind you and the results roll on and on,” Janmaat told the Mail.
“That is what happened with us with Holland in the World Cup. We started winning matches, and every time we went out onto the field, we had a feeling that we would win the game.
“We had a lot of confidence in ourselves, and that confidence comes from getting positive results and performances.
“That is what happened with Holland, and it is what is happening here at Newcastle now.”
United haven’t conceded a goal for 432 minutes, and the team’s turnaround has been built upon defensive solidity.
“It is important to be strong defensively, because if you defend well and have good players in attack, you will always have a good chance of winning the game,” said Janmaat.
“A lot of people concentrated on our attacking in the summer (with Holland).
“Obviously, in the Spain game we scored a lot of goals, but we were very strong defensively and everything really started from there.
“A strong defence has to be the start for every team. I’m very satisfied with that side of our game.”
A second-half goal from Moussa Sissoko gave Newcastle a hard-fought 1-0 over Queens Park Ranger last weekend.
“We always knew that the QPR match was going to be an important game,” said Janmaat, signed from Feyenoord in the summer and one of four Dutchmen in Pardew’s squad.
“We knew before we had started that if we won, we could go up to fourth or fifth position.
“It was an important match, and at moments I thought we played very well. They didn’t really create a chance, so it was a good win.”