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Our Man Of The Match Is Fast Becoming The Talk Of The Toon

9:50 am, Monday, October 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

The 6-2 win yesterday at home to Norwich for our first league win of the season was exactly what was needed by the fans, the players, the coaching staff and yes – Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley.

We showed we can compete in the Premier League or at least we can score some goals against the weaker sides – even if our defending still needs a lot to be desired.

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Gini Wijnaldum – our Man of the Match
He´s the player of the moment

The defense is something that needs to be worked on this week and maybe Kevin Mbabu is fit again to come in at left back at Sunderland on Sunday.

Steve McClaren however may prefer local lad Paul Dummett who started his first game of the soeans yesterday but was replaced in the second half by the fit again Sadio Haidara.

24 year-old Dutch International and former PSC captain Gini Wijnaldum put in one of the best performances seen at Newcastle for a long time and one of the best performances of the weekend in the Premier League.

In what was a pulsating game to watch for the neutral, Newcastle scored six goals for the first time since August 2010 and Gini scored four – two headers and tow right footed shorts with the final goal after 86 minutes being spectacular as he fired home from outside the penalty area.

Wijnaldum gets a massive 79% to easily win our Man of the Match poll.

Credit to Moussa Sissoko who had three assists yesterday but he was lax for their first goal when he looked too much like Ben Arfa in the lackadaisical way he just went through the motions of tracking back.

Moussa allowed Norwich to score easily when they had oceans of room down the left wing for their first goal.

Anyway, it was a good attacking performance from the man who want to play in the Champions League.

He would be better advised to stay at Newcastle and be a star for us.

Mitrovic and Perez are next in the voting and they both scored so the top four have most of the stats from yesterday´s game when Newcastle had six shots on target and scored every time.

Newcastle looked a great side moving forward yesterday and we have to tighten up that defense through the end of the year  with some good caoching before we can bring one or two new defenders  in January.

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Tags: Georginio Wijnaldum · Man of the Match · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NezzaNUFC // Oct 19, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    So let’s get this right…..

    Newcastle scored 6 goals……..Winaldum scored 4…….Sissoko assists most of the goals…… We gained 3 points……We played better than Norwich for about 73 minutes….

    But yet we still get criticise by other blogs and even people on this blog…… Pathetic!

  • 2 John Tudor // Oct 19, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    one swallow

  • 3 John Tudor // Oct 19, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    expect at draw at best

  • 4 John Tudor // Oct 19, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    fat slam will try and pepper our crap defence and midget midfield with the lumped ball in the box

  • 5 Thump // Oct 19, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    @Nezza: Moussa had a hand in every goal – including Norwich’s. That deserves critisism, especially when we’re so weak defensively.

  • 6 the broons // Oct 19, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Yeah wouldn’t get too carried away with the mackem game yet, last few seasons have shown that each time they have been on a bad run then turn it around against us.

    On a brighter note I was delighted to proved wrong yesterday as for the first time I can remember this season our players came out second half and improved! Long may it continue, I think same team with Anita instead of Tiote and possibly haidaira in for dummet or maybe mbabu.

    Either way I hope Mcclaren gets them up for Sunday and reminds Mitrovic to just play his game and let them get frustrated.

  • 7 martoon // Oct 19, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    NezzaNUFC @1. I’m delighted with the win but not so blind to see that it masked some of our deficiencies especially in defence. There were long periods of the second half where Norwich had us pinned back then we would break away and score. So it is not criticism so much as pointing our areas we still need to improve!

  • 8 the broons // Oct 19, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Also yeah Sissoko was very lazy defensively yesterday, but that is what he is really but yeah needs to double up.

    But surely people on here agree with me now that although Janmaat is a good wing back, he’s an awful defender both positionally and one on one. Which is why I like Mbabu in left back because he is just all about defending, which for a defender is what you want.

  • 9 catchy in norway // Oct 19, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    I find it very hard to criticise sissoko for not tracking back , because if I was to pick on him the IMO Gini should also get a mention in that department as he was as guilty of the same thing on the other side.

    Instead I would rather say how well they played as a team to win 6 -2 giving the fact that we were under so much pressure just to get a result.

    Against city we lost 6-1 and got slated for conceding so many, yet in reality it was a only a poor 25 mins that we got wrong. For the first 45 we were the better team.

    Against Chelsea for at least 70 mins we were the better team.

    To many focus on negative things rather than look at the good things , under p45 against Norwich we would have took the lead then just defended it , even if it was for 80 mins . At least Shteve wants to go for things and try and win.

    Next week is the next big test , IF. We manage to win at the scum, then we will be ok. Shteve will be ok

  • 10 rwpoynter // Oct 20, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Not time yet to get carried away, but frankly our position in the league doesn’t reflect our ability. I am glad for Elliott as he and Darlow have a big hole to fill. The fact that we kept pushing for more once 4-2 up is something we have not done for a long time and there were very encouraging signs, but defence is still a worrying factor. A win on Sunday would be a huge boost.

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