EMMANUEL Riviere still feels he can bring goals to Newcastle – and keep the club in the Premier League.
The striker has not found the net in 21 Premier League appearances.
But Riviere, set to keep his place for Saturday’s game against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, hasn’t lost his self-belief.
The 25-year-old, signed from Monaco last summer, is hoping to make an important contribution in the final two games of another troubled campaign at St James’s Park.
John Carver’s side are just two points above the relegation zone.
And Riviere – whose two United goals came in the Capital One Cup early this season – will keep “fighting” to the end.
I understand (my role), and I fight to score my first goal. It’s difficult, but I keep fighting. I enjoy fighting for the team.Emmanuel Riviere
“I’ve been here almost one year,” said Riviere, who has not experienced a relegation battle before.
“I understand (my role), and I fight to score my first goal. It’s difficult, but I keep fighting. I enjoy fighting for the team.
“I was with Monaco in Ligue 2, and I went up with Monaco, but I have not experienced this before.
“We have pressure, but we are professional. The pressure is there, but sometimes it’s good.
“Look at the (WBA) game – nobody was afraid. Sometimes the pressure is good.”
Forward Ayoze Perez claimed what could prove to be an important point for Newcastle against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
Saturday’s game at St James’s Park ended 1-1, with Perez’s strike having cancelled out an opener from Victor Anichebe.
“We had to fight for this point – it was very important,” said Riviere.
“We can hope again. We are very determined, and we fought to take this point.”
The celebration of Perez’s goal underlined its importance to the club.
A week earlier, United had been convincingly beaten 3-0 at the King Power Stadium by Leicester City, and there were a series of meetings at the club’s training ground in the wake of the defeat.
Riviere feels Newcastle’s performance showed that the players remain united on and off the pitch.
“We fight together,” he said. “Ayoze scored the goal, but it looked like everybody scored (from the celebration). The team stayed together and fought.
“The performance was up, and the fans helped us. They cheered for us, and that was very important.
“All the staff and the team are together.”
Carver believes United need just three points to stay up, and Riviere hopes the club can claim its first victory since February 28 against QPR, beaten 6-0 by Manchester City at the weekend.
“If you have your own destiny in your hands, it’s much better,” he said. “We don’t have to wait for somebody to win.
“If we get the points, we stay here.
“We have two big weeks. It’s very important for us and all the fans. This week will be very important.”