Date: 13th March 2018 at 11:53am
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Mohamed Diame feels Newcastle are turning St James’ Park back into a “fortress” after chalking up a second straight home win at the weekend.

The Magpies followed up the superb 1-0 victory over Manchester United in February by effortlessly brushing aside Southampton on Saturday to record back-to-back wins on Tyneside since beating West Ham and then Stoke at the start of the season.

It is also the first time Newcastle have managed win at home and keep consecutive clean sheets in just over three years when ex-manager Alan Pardew led his side to 1-0 victories over Liverpool and QPR in November 2014.

United are unbeaten in the last five matches at St James’ Park after experiencing some difficulties playing at home in the first half of the season, and in-form midfielder Diame is determined to maintain the team’s newly established confidence at the stadium.

“We’ve had two very big wins at St James’ Park in the last couple of games, but we need to make sure we keep going,” the 30-year-old told the Shields Gazzette.

“This stadium has to be our fortress, with all the fans pushing us in every game – just like they did during the win over Southampton.

“We have to give our best to win these games. We’re doing well, and must keep doing it.”

Newcastle are counting down the days until the next home match against Huddersfield, with 18 days left to go until the Terriers visit Tynesude.