Date: 24th December 2017 at 11:45am
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Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame has blasted his recent performances after he starred in the club’s 3-2 win over West Ham on Saturday.

The central powerhouse was named in the starting XI against his former side as Rafael Benitez was forced to deal with an injury crisis in the middle of the park, and the former Senegalese international was partnered alongside his fellow countryman Henri Saivet, making his first league appearance of the season.

Despite slipping behind after an early Saivet mistake, the Magpies rallied to secure victory, with the midfielder making up for his error with a well taken free kick, before Diame and Christian Atsu netted in the second half to pick up the club’s first win in 10 games.

Speaking after the clash at the London Stadium, Diame was quick to blast his performances in recent weeks, admitting that he was in a “bad situation” which contributed to the Magpies’ poor form, and revealed his relief at scoring what is his first goal of the current campaign.

He told Newcastle’s official website: “I’m happy, because I was in a bad situation after a lot of bad performances for myself, so today it’s nice to win and to score this goal.

“We feel really good. It’s been a long time now since we’ve had this feeling.

“Today I thought we deserved to win this game. We have been fighting together.”

Diame has been used primarily as an impact substitute from the bench by manager Rafael Benitez this season, with just five of his 13 league appearances coming in the starting XI.

Since joining from Hull City he has turned out 55 times for the Magpies, netting seven times and chipping in with three assists.

In other Newcastle United news, Benitez has delivered a worrying triple blow after victory over the Hammers.

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