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Emmanuel Riviere set for extended run in Newcastle’s team

POSITIVE ... Riviere.
POSITIVE ... Riviere.

EMMANUEL Riviere will be given a late-season run in Newcastle United’s team – after running himself into the ground.

Riviere was recalled to the starting XI for Saturday’s game against Swansea City.

This season has been difficult for me, but I know I am good enough to score goals in the Premier League.

Emmanuel Riviere

And the striker, yet to score a Premier League goal for the club he joined from Monaco last summer, set up Ayoze Perez’s opener.

But Riviere couldn’t stop John Carver’s side suffering a seventh successive defeat, with Garry Monk’s side having come from behind to 3-2 at St James’s Park.

The result has left 14th-placed Newcastle even deeper in trouble ahead of the final four games of a demoralising campaign.

Head coach Carver will keep faith with Riviere against in-form Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Asked about Riviere’s performance, Carver said: “I saw a bit more from him.

“I put him in the team because I thought against Spurs the ball kept coming back to us. We needed a target man.

“He did ever so well. I took him off because he had run himself into the ground. I needed to put Siem (de Jong) on the pitch and give (Adam) Armstrong a run out.

“But there were a lot of positives from Riviere.”

Riviere’s only two United goals have come in the Capital One Cup, the 25-year-old having scored twice in a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in September.

The former France Under-21 international, however, feels that he IS good enough to play in the Premier League.

And Riviere feels he can make an important contribution between now and the end of the season.

“I want to be the man who helps the team win and that means goals,” he said. “That is what I have to do between now and the end of the season.

“This season has been difficult for me, but I know I am good enough to score goals in the Premier League.”