Newcastle star midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted that he was frustrated on Saturday when he had to move into a defensive midfield position after Cheick Tiote was injured after less than 25 minutes of the game against Leicester City.
Newcastle lost the game 3-0 far too easily and were basically outfought and outclassed by the club who went top of the Premier League for the very first time over the weekend.
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Gini revealed that Newcastle boss Steve McClaren was mad in the dressing room after the game because of the lack of effort from his side – especially in the second half when we surrendered far too easily and way before the final whistle blew – and we were at home too
This is what Gini said after the game:
“We have worked hard as a team, but it was too many individuals,” “And if you do that you can see the problems.”
“The manager was also mad. We have had good games which we didn’t win, but it was disappointing against Leicester.”
“You can play games badly – we are human – but you must always work to get the result. We played as individuals, so you don’t get the result. We must play more as a team.”
“It’s difficult,” “First half, I played on the left side and I was free to walk where I want.”
“Because of the injury to Cheicky, I had to move inside more. It’s not like I can’t play there, but it is difficult for me because I have the quality to make goals in an advanced person.”
“If a manager wants you to play in a position, you play there.” “Of course, I am one of the players who has to help the team.”
“I am disappointed in myself because I want to help the team and get a better performance.”
“I am a key player to this team, and I must do way better than I did. I was disappointed.” “I must still be creative and help the team. On Saturday we have a game, and I will try to be better than.”
“Of course, it was difficult for the players because of terrorism,” “The kick-off time was coming really close, and that is difficult for the players.”
“For me, it was difficult because normally it is far from you. You see things in Afghanistan, but the first one was in Paris.”
“Then they said something the game I should have played. It was a little bit scary, but you go on with you life and after that you try not to think of it any more.”
“Then I came back here and try to play football again.”
The Holland game against Germany in Hannover last week was canceled less than two hours before the planned kick-off because of a real threat from terrorists – so that must have worried some Dutch and German players.
Let’s hope we can do a lot better at Crystal Place next Saturday, but our hopes are not high we can get anything out of that game.