Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame was delighted to get his name on the score sheet against Crystal Palace at the weekend but insisted the club must “keep going and fighting” to avoid relegation.
The 30-year-old former Senegal international is enjoying a resurgence in form lately and has been one of the Magpies best players in the last couple of months.
With the north east club perilously close to the relegation zone – in fact just one point above it – Diame knows they have to keep going throughout the remaining 12 games left, starting with the visit of Manchester United to St James’ Park on Saturday.
“It’s always great to score goals, so yes, it’s a great feeling. But it would be better if we won this game,” Diame said in the Chronicle Live after the Palace game.
“Of course, it’s what I want to do and what I have to do. If Newcastle signed me, it was to have this kind of performance, so it’s important to show I can stay at this level or give more.
“I’ve been working hard to get back to the player I want to be. That’s it, just the work.
“Goals are something I want to add to my game. It’s nice to have this feeling, and I hope I will score more.
“It’s a big game, a massive game,” Diame said of Saturday’s upcoming fixture.
“We have 12 games, and we need to keep going and fighting. That’s it. Nothing else.”
Victory against the Red Devils looks fairly unlikely given that Rafa Benitez’ side have not won at home since October and confidence within the side looks low.
Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho is well known for his organised defences which means Newcastle’s already goal-shy attack will need to be in full flow if they are going to get anything out of the game.
There were suggestions on Tuesday that Benitez was being lined-up for David Moyes’ job at the London Stadium but that it was dependant on a takeover at St James’ Park by Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners Group.
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