Mo Diame admits that Newcastle United will need to get used to scrapping it out for points during their frantic 12-game run-in.
With up to 15 points still needed to be sure of Premier League survival this season, Rafa Benitez’s side still have it all to do before the end of the campaign and have a tough encounter against Manchester United coming up on Sunday afternoon at St James’ Park.
Newcastle fought until the bitter end for their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace with some crucial blocks in the latter stages meaning the players deemed the result as a point gained at Selhurst Park last weekend.
Diame - who scored the opener against Roy Hodgson’s Eagles on Sunday - is expecting more of the same in the next few weeks.
The former Hull City and West Ham United star said: “We’re certainly going to have a lot more games like that which will be similar.
“We could be winning then draw at the end.
“But it is all about focus and working hard.
“We have to stick together now and keep the shape of the team.
“It’s going to be hard.
“It will be difficult by the end, but we need to keep going.”
Nevertheless, Diame still felt the draw at Palace was a point gained and added: “It’s a point and we will need points like this to stay up.
“You always have to take it as a good point.
“Of course if we can take three points that’s better.
“It will be a point that will be part of what we need at the end.”