Rejuvenated Star Player – It’s Another Final Against Huddersfield Coming Up

It’s not something we were expecting, but the form this year of Mo Diame in Newcastle holding midfield position has been little short of a revelation.

Rafa has found the appropriate position for the former Senegal International, and he is making a real difference for Newcastle when it counts most.

After Mo signed for around £4.5M from Hull City in the summer of 2016, he did not have a good season in the Championship.

By his own account, he was disappointed with the form he showed last season.

But he has started every game for Newcastle this year, and he’s playing his best football since arriving at the club.

Mo Diame – in action against Manchester United

Giving up International Football a year ago will also help the 30-year-old former West Ham player.

This is what Mo has said as reported in the Chronicle today

“When you’re in good form, you want to keep going, and the break can be a bad thing.”

“It’s good to keep going and play game after game and training after training and keep the same attitude and the high fitness.”

“I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s what I wanted to since the beginning, but unfortunately, it couldn’t happen, so now I’m trying to enjoy it a lot better.”

“I need to make sure that I stay at a high level.”

“It was a friendly game (last Sunday against Royal Antwerp) that we needed to keep the shape and keep this team in the same attitude and fitness.”

“It was more for the fitness than anything, but it was important.”

“I think that the Belgian team thought that they were going to play against an English team, so they said ‘we have to fight and make some tackles.”

“That’s because when they watch the Premier League that it is, physically, a big battle, so they were prepared for that.”

“It was good. I think that the attitude of the team was good.”

“We were working all week in training. We were working hard, so it was just to get more minutes.”

“After, we’ve got another week without a game, so we need to make sure everyone keeps their fitness high in training.”

“It’s (our next game at home to Huddersfield on March 31) going to be another final, like the game we won before against Southampton.”

“It’s going to be a massive game at home.”  “3 points is the goal, and that’s it.”

We are currently one point ahead of Huddersfield with a game in hand and have a much better goal difference (-10 versus -27).

So if we can beat them at home a week on Saturday, we will be in a good position in the league table.

We’ll have 35 points with just 7 games to play and 4 points above the Terriers.

Here’s how things stand at the moment.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

Comments welcome.

174 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 22, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #1

    The Chronicle are recycling stories as nowt is happening, so Ed is recycling stories, so we’re about to start recycling comments. Think my head is going to explode! At least we’ll be able to discuss the relative performance of the NUFC players in an England shirt after tomorrow evening.

    What’s that?


  • RobLeenio

    Mar 22, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #2

    That said, congrats to Adam Wilson who made his first start in an England U18s team this week and helped them to a 4-0 win over Qatar. Hopefully the first of many games in an England shirt for him

    Freddie Woodman is with the U21s. Anyone know why Adam Armstrong has been overlooked? He’s in great form.

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2018 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Adam Armstrong would be overlooked by a hamster
    he’s that wee

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    The most common pet hamster, the Syrian hamster, also known as the teddy bear hamster or golden hamster, usually grows to about 6 inches (15.24 cm) around six and half inches on it’s hind legs.
    Adam Armstrong Height 5ft 8in (1.73m)
    More bollorx from Jib

  • H.Houdini

    Mar 22, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Not even funny that like

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #6
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 22, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Ignore my comment about recycling comments – never seen a single hamster comment on here before, let alone two in one thread.

    Geraniums, yes, hamsters….


  • H.Houdini

    Mar 22, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Shame on you negating your team .Now that’s what I call funny.

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #9

    you clearly don’t know what negating means
    playing the wag can only hurt your education
    and annoy yer ma (you probs don’t know who
    yer da is)

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 22, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #10

    And they are delicious deep fried in batter.

  • Mattroge

    Mar 22, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #11

    The Everton away game originally scheduled for Saturday 21st of April has now been moved to Monday 23rd for April for Sky.

    That’s an absolute joke

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 22, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Geraniums, EGB?

  • H.R.Pufnstuf

    Mar 22, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Correct me if I’m wrong but does he not mean that your comments to all of the fellows you do not like or disagree with by trying to make out they support the unwashed,who by the way you appear to have a soft spot in your heart ahem

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Could be , but his English
    is execrable , which leads
    me to believe I am right
    in thinking he is of the
    Unwashed by the Wear

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 22, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail earlier thread

    Re Ashley gets a kick out of high risk gambling.
    I have to admit it had crossed my mind, “THAT” and insanity. I estimated the drop into the Champo could have cost the club 180Mill I didn’t see us coming back up any time soon. Ashley must have known this, You would think anyone with that amount of money at stake would have had targets lined up at the beginning of the window, but Ashley did nothing, all through the transfer window until the very end ,we could have ended up with nothing at all. If we had not got those late deals over the line then i wouldn’t have give our survival much of a chance. I can’t see Ashley and Rafa thrashing out a new contract I think they will be too far apart and I wouldn’t blame Rafa for not trusting Ashley

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 22, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Ah, come on Jib – you can’t hate them for looking like ugly versions of David Baddiel, a tiny Robbie Williams and Wallace from Wallace and Grommit.

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 22, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #18
  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Don’t forget

    BBC red button 19.40
    Shamrock Park , Portadown
    N.Ireland U 21 vs Spain U21

    Merino should be playing as it’s
    a qualifier

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 22, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #21

    I can’t open it Jib on here. Your wheel is still turning but the hamster is dead.

    Apparently the club have had some interest in Adam Armstrong from Ajax of Hamsterdam.

  • John Tudor

    Mar 22, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #22


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 22, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #23


    I thinking more of the hamster but a side dish of deep fried geraniums in batter sound tempting.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 22, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Where did you hear that, Betty? Do you have a link?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 22, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Many species are important in the perfume industry. In fact, scented geranium oil is often used to supplement (or adulterate) expensive rose oils. The best thing about scented geraniums is that the leaves and flowers are edible. They can be used to flavor jellies, cakes, butters, ice creams, iced tea, sugar and more.

    NB Not all geraniums are edible. Some can be mildly toxic to humans.

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 22, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #27

    That was a “Meanwhile in Denmark” hamster.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 22, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Draw your hard earned savings out of the bank .

    Micheal Owen is launching his own Crypto currency venture

  • JLP Geordie

    Mar 22, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Appreciate its a slow week but football related, I had a little chuckle last night….when we were relegated my sister in law bought me a watercolour from an art fair at Barnes institute in Whitburn depicting 2 Sunderland supporters having a go at the Newcastle fan, she thought it was funny and I hung it on the wall. Last night I was watching Look North and they were on about Sunderland’s dire position in the Championship, I looked up and saw the picture and thought, funny how things change and had a little chuckle ! Needless to say the sister in law is still on speaking terms…

  • Madmag

    Mar 22, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Football Related :- Did anyone else find this tweet funny
    Mar 21
    If footballers went to prison for tax offences (like other normal mortals) and were sent to the same slammer, this would make a helluva line-up for the prison team: Buffon, Mascherano, Marcelo, Pique, Ramos, Modric, Alonso, Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo,Di Maria. Coach Jose Mourinho

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 22, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib tks for the reminder pic. Doesn’t that little fella in the middle look like an evil goblin. Or maybe one of the inbreds from the movie “wrong turn” 🙂

  • lochinvar

    Mar 22, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Draw your hard earned savings out of the bank .
    Michael Owen is launching his own Crypto currency venture

    Will it be know as small change ?

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 22, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #33

    More training pics.
    This time it’s Jib Jibberish on the weights.,Rosja-to-nie-stan-umyslu

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #34

    That’s actually Kacper
    ha ha ha

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Betty you’ll have Putin chasing you
    with nerve gas
    That is the Poles not being very
    complimentary about the Russkis

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2018 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry it’s Mr Tuff
    the other cretin

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2018 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #37

    I don’t know why folk are whingeing about
    the Everton match being shifted by Sky
    It was always a knocking bet for a live game

    a) by then it could be a survival battle
    b) Fat Sam has managed both
    c) Rafa and Fatty have previous

    The black and white faithful will be there in force
    Average Contents might even get off his fat arse and go

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 22, 2018 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Lochinvar #32

    They say “A fool and his money are soon parted” I didn’t realise Owen had any money left, I thought he lost it all in the card schools on the team coach to Kieron Dyer on their way to the away games.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 22, 2018 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Perhaps Sky should be investigated for discrimination. Certainly they’re not competent,

    Football authorities facing questions after Newcastle United fans are left out of pocket
    The Magpies’ April trip to Everton has been changed to a Monday night despite tickets having been on sale for the original date
    Football authorities are facing questions with Newcastle United fans being left out of pocket after their trip to Everton was moved for television coverage.
    The match, originally scheduled for Saturday April 21, has now been switched to Monday April 23 with an 8pm kick-off time.
    Sky Sports have chosen to broadcast the Magpies’ trip to Goodison Park – causing yet more disruption for the travelling Toon Army.
    It is the 11th time the Magpies have been chosen for television coverage away from home this season, causing more problems for fans who have already paid for accommodation and travel.

    Newcastle United supporter group Wor Flags were quick to voice their disdain, labelling the decision a ‘kick in the face’ for away supporters.

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #40

    You either take the huge dosh from
    Sky and stfu or whinge and give Sky
    the money back – you cannot have it both ways

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