Newcastle United must continue hard work after Premier League safety - Diame

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The St. James Park outfit confirmed their status in the top-flight next season after defeating Arsenal last weekend

Mohamed Diame has urged his Newcastle United teammates to continue working hard as they target another win against Everton.

In their last English Premier League fixture against Arsenal, the Magpies got a 2-1 victory to end talks of relegation, after surpassing the 40-point mark.

However, regardless of the feat, the midfielder wants Rafael Benitez’s men to retain their work ethics when they meet the Toffees on Monday evening as a win at Goodison Park would see the tenth-placed side swap positions with their hosts who are ninth.

“Rafa gave us two days off but he told us we needed to work hard back in training,” Diame told The Chronicle .

“We are where we are in the table because we worked hard. Now we need to make sure we don’t concede goals against Everton and he will be happy.

“We’re going to try to prepare well.

“We needed to enjoy the Arsenal because it was a massive one. Everton is next and we’re going there to win.”

Goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie condemned Arsenal to a 2-1 loss in their last outing, but it was the Gunners that hit the first blow through Alexandre Lacazette.

“It wasn’t easy mentally to concede the first goal,” he continued.

“It’s OK when you score first because you have the confidence and you can battle hard.

“But when you concede the first one you have to battle back, it’s hard.

“It is mentally tough but as I said before we worked hard.”

There have been talks surrounding how badly Sam Allardyce-led Everton have fared so far, but Diame insists that will not influence their approach to the game, same way talks of a tired Arsenal [due to Europa League participation] was disregarded.

“We just tried to repeat what we were doing before and nothing else.

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“We didn’t listen too much about our opponents being tired.

“And we know what we can achieve and know what we can do.

“We’re working hard together and that’s what we done,” he concluded.