Mo Diame admits Crystal Palace is a “massively important” fixture given the context of Newcastle United’s season so far.
The Magpies remain winless in all competitions this term, with Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal their fourth loss in their opening five Premier League matches.
As a result, United find themselves in the bottom three and, although they have faced four of last season’s top six, the toothless nature of their attacking display against the Gunners was concerning.
But, now that Newcastle’s difficult run of fixtures is easing, Diame expects United to “attack” the next few fixtures as they aim to climb the table quickly.
“The season has already started, we can’t forget about the games we have had,” Diame reflected after the loss to the Gunners.
“But we have to keep believing in what we are doing and trying to win games because that is why we are here. We need to work harder, score more and concede less - it’s simple.
“I am not worried; I have spoken with the manager about the situation, because we are playing exactly like we were last year.
“We had these big games in the beginning and we knew they were coming. Now these games are over we are going to go into these next games and try to get that first win.
“We are playing the same way as last season. People keep saying about how we are defending more, but we played exactly the same way against Man City last year when we faced the likes of Chelsea and Man City.
“We had our way to play, now these games are over and we have attack the next games. We have played Arsenal, we will play Man United soon, we will keep going.
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“Palace is a massively important game. We have to start to winning games, and it is going to be a good game to start that run off.”
Newcastle were the better side for the first 45 minutes against Arsenal, even if the Magpies failed to create many clear-cut opportunities.
After the break, however, Granit Xhaka scored a wonderful free-kick before Mesut Ozil doubled the Gunners’ lead. And, even if Ciaran Clark netted a late consolation goal, United never really threatened to get back into the game.
“We didn’t start the second half like we started the first half. It was a shame because it was a terrific free-kick, even if we should really have defended better before it,” Diame added.
“We had a great attitude in the first half, and we have to keep playing in that way and push on.
“We spent pre-season together and we know what we all can give to this team; it’s not just about working harder.
“We have to make sure that when we play games like we did last year, like Tottenham and West Ham away, to show the fighting spirit, and I am confident we will be all right.”