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Magnificent 4 Goal Wijnaldum Spurs Newcastle To Stunning 6-2 Win

6:07 pm, Sunday, October 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

It was some game at St. James’ park this afternoon and after we had scored only six goals in the first eight league games of this poor season (so far) we scored three in the first half and were 3-2 up at the half but then we scored three great unanswered second-half goals to make it 6-2 and the first time we have scored six goals in five years.

The finishing was clinical from Newcastle today and we had six shots on goal and we scored with every one of them and Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic and Sissoko all had very good  games and we looked so good going forward – but in the first half we were often all at sea in defense.

We are now 3rd bottom in the league and only 3 points out of 17th place and safety.

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Gini Wijnaldum – fantastic game today for Newcastle United

It was the first time in three and a half years that Newcastle had scored three goals in the first half the last time being our 3-1 win at West Brom on 25th March 2012.

Newcastle had scored only six goals in our first eight league games but we scored three goals this afternoon at St. James’ Park in a rip-roaring first half that saw Sissoko set up two goals for Gini Wijnaldum and Perez got another good individual goal.

But after out first goals and second goal Norwich came back to score each time and Newcastle looked wide open and all at sea at the back in that first half – it was great football from a neutral point of view but Newcastle fans were concerned we would again concede too many goals.

Tiote picked up a yellow card which as an ominous start for the Ivorian.

Newcastle went ahead after 15 minutes when Mousa Sissoko put a great ball through to Wijnaldum who put the ball in the back of the net past goalkeeper Ruddy.

But within five minutes Norwich were level and it was a terrible goal to give away by Newcastle as we gave Norwich oceans of room on the left wing and Sissoko should have done better to get back and challenge but the cross came over and the ball was put home by Mbokani.

Then Norwich hit the bar and there was what seemed to be a decent penalty appeal when Janmaat held a Norwich player back in the box as the ball came over.

After 33 minutes Perez found himself through in the inside right position and after his first shot was blocked he brilliantly hit the ball home intro the corner of the net.

But within a minute Norwich had pulled one back as the Norwich left wing was again left wide open and the cross came over and  it was Redmond who fired home on the volley.

At half time it was 3-2 and Newcastle must have been wondering how they weren’t further ahead – but the answer was our defense looked wide open in that first half.

Anita replaced Tiote at the start of the second half which seemed a decent move by McClaren.

After 53 minutes and a corner for Norwich it was that man again – Gini Wijnaldum who cleared off the line with Norwich pressing.

Norwich came out in the second half looking to attack Newcastle but then after 64 minutes Newcastle went further ahead and it was Moussa Sissoko again the creator as he found Mitrovic with a long ball and Mitrovic slammed the ball home in magnificent style to put Newcastle 4-2 up and some breathing room.

The shot  somewhat reminiscent of a certain Alan Shearer – and that was Sissoko’s third assist of the game.

That was the first time in a very long time that a Newcastle player had three assists in the game and Sissoko was playing well going forward.

And then it was Gini Wijnaldum who headed in another cross from the right – this time from Daryl Janmaat – to get his hat-trick and Newcastle were showing they could score the goals and we were 5-2 up having almost doubled the goals we had scored this season.

If only we could defend for the final 25 minutes.

Well, it turns out we could – and Newcastle had pulled themselves together in defense after that poor first half display.

And would you believe it but after 885 minutes it was Gini Wijnaldum again who scored  with a terrific shot to end what was a great display from the 24 year-old Dutch International  and an excellent first win by Newcastle this season.

Gini is the third most expsineoive player signed by Newcastle ever behind Michael Owe and Alan Shearer and he showed today why we paid that much for him.

He was simply awesome.

This is what we have been waiting for since the start of the season – and this was a great home win and a great display by Newcastle going forward and the first time we had scored 6 goals in five years.


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Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett (Haidara, 65); Sissoko, Tiote (Anita, 46), Colback, Wijnaldum; Perez, Mitrovic (Cisse, 88).
Subs not used: Woodman, Lascelles, Thauvin, De Jong.

Norwich: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Olsson (Jerome, 84); Redmond, Dorrans (O’Neil, 84), Tettey (Hoolahan, 61), Brady; Howson; Mbokani.
Subs not used: Rudd, Wisdom, Jarvis, R Bennett.

Goals: Wijnaldum 15, 25, 66, 85, Mbokani 21, Perez 33, Redmond 34, Mitrovic 64
Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 47,006

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dennis Twice // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • 2 manxpie // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    manxpie // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    catchy he’s too light weight fella he aint a holding midfielder in this league simple as that you cant say he is better than colback in that position

  • 3 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Gini aside…. what have they been putting in Sissokos porridge? Thats the player we remember from that Chelsea game when he first arrived!

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Just saw Miitrovichs goal, whoaa

  • 5 Salim // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Will watch MOTD 2 without any problem, hahaha

  • 6 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Sort the defence and we are ok…

    but nothing has been done…

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Proper Center fowards finish from Mitro as well. Perez just needs to look at the ball and he hots the target. Gobsmacked.

  • 8 sing in the corner // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Can’t be harsh on Sissoko today. He was ball watching facing his own goal and his positional errors got highlighted because Norwich had profitable attacks each time he did it. But going forward he was sublime. Don’t know what woke him up today but well played lad!

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:13 PM


  • 10 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:15 PM


    To be fair, he also did manage a few important tackles, too. He also looked a bit stronger than he has of late.

  • 11 manxpie // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    sisko for me today he was fully on it and provided most of the assists or at least part of them great performance

  • 12 croftus5678 // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    very poor defensive norwich and very poor defensive toon ! only difference was our attack was very good and norwich was avg at best.

    janmaat/colo/dummett/tiote had very bad games and colback was not that much better ! highlighted when hairdryer came on and was pretty much our best defender in the short time he was on the field.

    mbemba did ok but again not his best game.

    wijnaldum/sissoko/mitrovic/perez had great games however and was the reason we won so convincingly and also hairdryer should be our starter lb as he’s clearly our best in that possition.

    we need to learn how to defend.

  • 13 sing in the corner // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:18 PM


    Yeah can’t take much away from him today. Doing that more than once every few months and he would be playing CL, no doubt

  • 14 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Its hard not to give it to gini for the four goals,but I agree with you, manxpie. Sissoko not only had his best game for ages, but he stood out with a comanding mf performance. Got involved loads, and didn’t hide or go missing. Norwich really struggled to track him all day.

  • 15 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Absolutely gutted Scotland lost…1 offing point!!!

  • 16 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:19 PM


    Yeah if he can get consitency into his game, it would improve his personal prospects no end, not to mention the toons!

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    wonder what the odds were for that result !!

    when was the last nufc hat trick, let alone 4!!

    mitro, sissoko, perez and wini are quite a quartet.

    Just need a monster destroyer in the middle and a CB

  • 18 optimistic prime // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Windi probs got most people’s mom today but going foward I thought Sissoko was great, for 90mins to.

    Hands down his best performances, asleep defencivley in 1st half but I’ll forgive him that today.

    If he put 75% that effort in all the time you couldn’t fault him, hats off today.

    Some other good performances today, Perez Windi Mitro.

    6-2 can you beleive it after the nervy 1st hour, hopefully that’s the last of Tiote.

    Good result but they make it hard for themselves, normal NUFC match lol.

  • 19 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:21 PM


    As an English rugby fan,its hard for me to support scotland, but they were fcuking ROBBED today. (Was flicking between that and the footy). The ref (Joubert) is a southern hemisphere wh0re

  • 20 toon kk // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Let’s not get carried away, we played well going forward but our defence was diabolical. We beat a fellow relegation candidate, we won’t be playing them every week.
    Great three points though.

  • 21 goommy // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Shot on target 6 and got 6 goals!! Our attack was really excellent today. Seem like we finally get our best forwards listed.

    But still, our defense wasn’t good enough. Hope it’s better soon.

    P.S. I think Dummett and Tiote still not fit enough to play. Tiote look better on his last 10 mins before sub but still far to come back to be a starter.

  • 22 toonking // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    our toon

    Stats might not cover everything about sissoko and colback but so far this season each stat could be over ruled by another player.

    jam had better form than sissoko with creativity, if we had another RB i’d say jam should himself be the RW.

    if it’s CAM although he’s playing as a wide man wij has had the better form like that of a player who wound want to play a CAM midfielder and no 10 he’s in the centre each and every time waiting for the chance to get those goals which aren’t scored by a forward

    If it’s a CDM then colback shows the better form of a player with the work rate and tackling like a CDM.

    this season hasn’t been the easiest of season but now we’ve beaten norwich 6-2 showing they are capable of making a threat and with such a shambolic defence we can’t afford to see the likes of sissoko dropping off too much.

  • 23 HoboToon // Oct 18, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    GI NIIII WIJNALDUM! GI NIII WIJMALDUM! Loved that part with the old hatem ben arfa tune to it. Nufc have found their new hero!

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