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.
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.
Howay The Lads!!
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