Newcastle United took a massive step towards English Premier League safety on Saturday after a 1-0 win at home to Huddersfield Town.
Needing a victory to ensure they don’t get drawn further into a relegation battle, Rafa Benitez’s side produced the goods thanks to a late goal from Ayoze Perez.
The Magpies ended the day seven points clear of 18th placed Southampton, with five teams separating the two sides. With just seven games remaining that gives them a healthy enough cushion that should be enough to ensure they don’t drop down the Championship.
Fans were delighted with the win and singled one individual out for particular praise – midfielder Mohamed Diame.
The 30-year-old wasn’t the most popular figure with Newcastle supporters earlier in the season after a number of poor performances but he’s been one of their most important players in recent months and performed excellently against Huddersfield, the driving force in the middle of the park.
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his display…
Feel like I should publicly apologise to Mo Diame for saying he should never wear a Newcastle shirt again. I was very wrong #NUFC
— Jack Colwell (@JackColwell) March 31, 2018
Amazing to think 4 months ago the sign of Mo Diame hobbling off injured wouldn’t have bothered me in the slightest, now I’d be gutted if he was out! He’s been absolutely class that lad! #GirlsDontLikeBoys #GirlsLikeMoDiame #NUFC
— JJ Fletcher (@JJFletcher7) March 31, 2018
Mom today for me was Diame, talk about a season of two halves, totally turned it around, one of first names on team sheet now ???? #nufc
— John Dixon (@DickoNortheast) March 31, 2018
The improvement of Mo Diame has to be one of Rafa's biggest success stories. Lad didn't even have a first touch a year ago. #nufc
— Natasha ?️? (@NatashaNUFC) March 31, 2018
— Will Harbin (@wlharbin) March 31, 2018
Mo Diame is definitely better than Messi and Patrick Vieira combined. Roll on a highlight spin of his game today.. total class! #NUFC
— Erik Bjerke (@nordicgeordie) March 31, 2018
Mo Diame absolutely superb again today, our good run started when he turned his form around, was his biggest critic, lascelles again tremendous, we ll be better again with a big man (slimani) up top #nufc
— gary wilson (@gazwilla) March 31, 2018
Earlier in the season I said I never wanted to see Diame start another game in centre mid for #NUFC I was completely wrong. It’s almost like Rafa knows more about football than I could ever hope to.
— Howard Walker (@1HowardWalker) March 31, 2018
Never been proved more wrong than I have been with Mo Diame. Hands are firmly held up. He’s been soooo good this year, I’d totally written him off. #nufc
— Toon In Toon Out (@toonintoonout) March 31, 2018