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These Were Newcastle’s Best Three Players Yesterday

10:15 am, Monday, December 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 55 Comments

There could only be one Man of the Match for Newcastle yesterday and it was the man involved in both Newcastle goals – Gini Wijnaldum.

The 25 year-old had a shot deflected into the goal to open the scoring after 69 minutes and then quite  brilliantly scored the second goal in stoppage time to send the Newcastle fans into raptures with a great win against a very strong Liverpool side.

Given how important this game was to Newcastle and to Steve McClaren – it was a top performance from the Dutch International,  who was simply over the moon after the game.

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Georginio Wijnaldum – scoring yesterday

Here are the three best players yesterday and they are all Dutchmen.

Georginio Wijnaldum

You get what you pay for and Newcastle paid out a massive £14.5M for last season’s Dutch Player of the Season and captain of the Dutch Champions PSV.

Wijnaldum with his goal yesterday has now scored seven Premier League goals for us including four against Norwich City.

He scored Newcastle’s second goal in stoppage time and he was responsible for our first goal after 69 minutes, when his shot was deflected into the goal by the unlucky Martin Skrtel.

Gini looked a great player yesterday and he has a keen eye for goal which you could see in stoppage time as he was waving at Moussa Sissoko to put the ball into the penalty box for him.

Moussa obliged with an inch perfect pass and Wijnaldum then magically chipped the ball over the goalkeeper.

That’s a very difficult skill – and most players would have hit the ball against the goalkeeper – but Gini  made it look so easy – show-off.


Georginio was so delighted at the end of the game that he sent out a little video on Newcastle’s  Twitter account thanking the Newcastle fans for supporting the team yesterday even after the last two horrendous performances.

Hopefully, this is a real watershed game for Newcastle United.

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Vurnon Anita

He’s an unsung hero at Newcastle and has come in for some criticism since he joined us from Ajax in the summer of 2012.

But the little Dutchman worked his socks off for the side in central midfield and he was one big reason Newcastle just about controlled the midfield over a very good Liverpool side.

His passes were accurate and he put in the tackles that gave Newcastle a solid foundation for what turned out to be a shock win for our lads.

We were surprised at the end of the game that he didn’t need help to reach the dressing room such was the vast amount of good hard work he put in for the Newcastle cause yesterday.

Well done Vurnon Anita.

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Siem de Jong

It was one of stories of the game yesterday that Siem de Jong go his first Premier League start this season and you could see this player has class.

Steve McClaren has to play him more and use his vast experience and leadership qualities – we have him and available we haven’t used him this season.

Siem had a good game, but he was still not as sharp as he can be and the game was still a little fast for him at times.

But he stuck to his task until he was replaced by Ayoze Perez in the second half,

After all the misfortune Siem has had to endure since he arrived at Newcastle he got a warm round of applause when he went off – and Ayoze got a similar warm round of applause as he came on.

That appearance yesterday will do Siem the world of good and he’s likely to be a wee bit sore today.

We would expect Siem to start at Tottenham, next Sunday when we need another all-out performance from this Newcastle side – we cannot have another let-down.

It was great to see Siem start and play well in such an important game for Newcastle yesterday.


Here’s how the other players fared in the game and notice yet another Dutchman – Daryl Janmaat was fourth in the voting – he had another solid game for us.

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  • 1 Reyantoon // Dec 7, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Jesper – He indeed bought sometime with that win.He made a good setup yest’y,especially in defending, plus his substitution was spot on.
    However, unless he shows another setup and performance like that in the next game,his creditability will dash once again and back to square one – the struggle!

    In the mean time,
    Very impressed by Siem DJ yesterday.First time I saw him play to a fair crank of minutes.His touch,one-two pass & work rate was very good.
    Janmaat, who I criticized him a lot previously had a solid game and was impressed along with Mbemba,Sissoko and Anita.Dummett,apart from miss placed passes & aimless high balls had a good game too.Overall,huge credit should go to the manager and the excellent Wijnaldum.

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 7, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Not trying to jinx anything, but lets hope Siem can stay fit!

  • 3 beermonkey // Dec 7, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    its easy to say after the event because dejong has come in and done well but why has it taken 15 games for him to get a start
    I know perez and mitro have looked a decent pair at times but not consistently
    surely given the results we have had he should have been tried sooner and maybe others like mbabu

    what is it with the managers we have they stick with the same formation despite long losing runs then when they change it and we start winning and or playing better they revert to the one that wasn’t working
    and its the same with players
    is your place in the team linked to whether your a purple and not your form

  • 4 Essex Geordie Bill // Dec 7, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    I voted for Collo he had a great game for an ‘oap’

    Nice to see Tino’s tweets, he must be proud to see how well his son is doing in the USA!

  • 5 davetoon // Dec 7, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Made up ground against Norwich and Swansea who I think will get relegated unless the swans sack Monk and get someone decent in.
    Need to back it up with a point against Spuds and a crucial 3 points against Villa

  • 6 optimistic prime // Dec 7, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    As crazy as it sounds I thought Anita was mom but I voted for SDJ.

    I thought his partnership with Cisse showed real promise, his intelligence shone through and he was unlucky a few times. I really liked how he was talking to everyone and pointing to players where to go etc, a real leaders performance.

    Hope he gets a run of games, deserves it after his injuries and his performance. Even not match fit he never gave up or shirked a challenge.

    Couldn’t critisise any of the players performances.

    Couldn’t beleive the difference in Colo, if he played like that all the time even Toonbrother couldn’t complain.

    For once I can’t disagree with Lawro!
    “You can forgive a lack of ability but never a lack of effort”

    Hope the players etc take that on board.

  • 7 nufc 11 // Dec 7, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Gini should be made captain this morning. They have set a standard now. Having Colo as the captain is totally wrong for the club going forward. You can expect him to have 2 bad games in a row bcoz he played well yestherday. Turning up when it suits you isnt an option in the EPL.

    Can you just imagine if Colo was signed by Wilmledon back in the day? he would have retired from football after a week in that dressing room. The man is a joke.

    Players like Shearer, Keane, Veria they demand more as captain becoz they lead by example Colo never does that and thats why we will always be bottom 4/5 with him leading.
    # Gini needs to be captain

  • 8 davetoon // Dec 7, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    I nearly fell over when I saw Collo yelling at Mbemba and organising the defence. First time I ever saw that

  • 9 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    See Colo’s (divn’t know what was wrong with him yesterday) run out of defence when we broke just before half time with Cisse – pity he did not get his pass away to him.
    My MOM was Anita who was immense – seemed to play further forward midfield role behind/along side Ding Dong who also had a very good game yesterday filling in the hole/linking defence midfield.
    Also Dummett who got in some crunching tackles.
    Wijnaldum display speaks for itself – excellent

  • 10 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    I said long ago that our next captain needs to be at the heart of the team, preferably midfield. Is it an accident that DeJong playing yesterday made a difference, even if the player himself was not outstanding? I saw a brief camera shot of the ball being punted up field by Elliot, the camera briefly cut to show DeJong gesturing for everyone to track the ball and go with it. I believe he kept concentration levels up all game, and may even have shamed Colo to up his voice. I have previously edged toward thinking SDJ may be permanently crocked, but if he can influence the side like this he can play with a zimmer frame if he wants.

  • 11 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Aye Colo made a bit of a point to Cisse that the ball to feet would have been a tap-in. He looked a bit sick, also would have been a cert 3-0. 3-0, boys and girls!

  • 12 stuart no9 // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    morning everyone , something to smile about on a monday morning at last. A dogged display by the lads yesterday , gini making that run for the second goal summed up the effort the boys put in yesterday.

    Yes Macca s game plan was to stop liverpool scoring we know that, no shots on target untill the goal ( deflection or not ) tells the whole picture of how we set about the game yesterday.

    normally, i curse like mad at those kind of stats , but yesterday was differant. We knew we couldnnt match them technically and we knew the only way to get something was to stop liverpool playing, thats exactly what we done , all our efforts were concentrated on stopping them , hence the reason not much goal mouth activity, however, defensivly superb, work rate exceptional, detemanation dogged , NOW, we need to combine that with a bit of flair up front and try to create a few chances.
    This was a start, it was definatley not a good game of football from either side, i expected a lot more from liverpool , but we suffocated their attack and minimised their chance s to a few half chances that they squandered, on another day they might have scored a couple but we needed the break and we got it yesterday.

    the goal they scored as we all seen was fine and our first a deflection, but we needed that bit of luck and that gutsy performance to get the pressure off the team and show them if thats how they work every week , the rewards will follow. we need to take that into the spurs game and try to fashion some sort of result , if we can do that then start to introduce a few mor chances into our game and get our goal tally up .

    I hope the lads know they done well yesterday and get the praise they deserve, it works both ways, however they must also know this is the mimimum required every week and we must start miximg it with good football , and more goal scoring opportunities . well done . A proud geordie this moening.

  • 13 EllaGuru // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    I really feel that they key difference yesterday was SDJ. Yes he was slightly off match pace, however he occupied that No. 10 role perfectly. Calm in possession, always looking to open a defence up, but also willing to get into the box.
    He took a lot of pressure off Anita and Colback to be creative. They could simply focus on holding the midfield, which they did very well.

  • 14 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Gini wijnaldum. We are looking at a 35million player at minimum. Oozes class. And he guarantees goals from midfield.

  • 15 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Interesting set of fixtures coming up this December. On paper bottom teams got some tough fixtures

    A couple of wins could set us up nicely for the transfer window as my worry was we would be marooned at the bottom thus no-one would want to come. Yes yesterday’s win was a BIG win

    Norwich City vs. Everton
    Sunderland vs. Watford
    Bournemouth vs. Manchester United
    Aston Villa vs. Arsenal
    Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United

    Chelsea vs. Sunderland
    Manchester United vs. Norwich City
    West Bromwich Albion vs. Bournemouth
    Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa

    Aston Villa vs. West Ham United
    Bournemouth vs. Crystal Palace
    Manchester City vs. Sunderland
    Tottenham Hotspur vs. Norwich City
    Newcastle United vs. Everton

    Norwich City vs Aston Villa
    West Bromwich Albion vs .Newcastle United
    Arsenal vs. Bournemouth
    Sunderland vs. Liverpool

  • 16 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Charlie my worry is that if we have a rare purple patch just before January that the Fat One will decide no purchase is necessary and instruct his fawning minions Charnley and Carr, to belay any buying ideas for the rest of the season. Cue remarkable return to previous form as heads drop and life ebbs from players.

  • 17 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Ilovetoon88 you say that now but when we as he the last half dozen games? I said yesterday there were spells I which he looked like a top drawer player, but that begged the question ‘where has he been hiding?’ hopefully it’s nothing more than he needed to be played in the right position and with the right players around him. He’s not a covering mid, so that could have scuppered him. But with Anita on full work rate behind him and SDJ marshalling in midfield he might just step up now. I hope so, and that he doesn’t hide again next week.

  • 18 beermonkey // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:15 PM


    I am more concerned with him selling players
    that balance sheet wont look right till they recoup some cash after spending in the summer

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    I don’t think our ‘Supreme Leader’ can afford not to strengthen the squad this January. He ain’t like losing money!!!

  • 20 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Plus if we can keep Ding Dong fit, it will be like a new signing.

  • 21 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:32 PM


    Ah. New signing. it’s like welcoming an old friend

  • 22 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Leslie Phillips

    “Dinnng Dohhnnng!”

  • 23 beermonkey // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:33 PM


    there must be a point where you have to be consigned to going down and there for its not worth spending

    if you owned villa would you throw more money at them at the moment
    were not there yet but by the time jan comes round we could be

  • 24 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    One thing is for sure. We was a fret yesterday.

  • 25 Our Toon // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Excellent result yesterday, the most satisfying aspect was the pressing game, especially from the little man I’ve criticised all season (anita) best player on the pitch…..A very good performance by the little fella.

    Areas of concern for me is Elliot, I heard alot about how his distribution is very good etc from posters on here, he was awful at kicking the ball, that for me was a real negative. Gouffran coming on as a DM as well….not a clever idea selling Abeid or Kemen. Cisse was lucky not to be sent off for that lunge, had a couple of chances, not great though. The lack of movement when we had the ball was shocking at times, players standing and watching rather rather than moving to create space!!

    Sissoko the man that gets stick from all quarters showed exactly why he’s dangerous, running with the ball, pushing Moreno aside and picking out Wij with a perfectly waited pass.

    On the captain debate I’m not arsed who the captain is because they all need to show leadership qualities to get out of this mess, SDJ was vocal and intelligent, players will listen to him or Wij etc whether they are skipper or not. Enjoy Wijinaldum though, I don’t think he’ll be here next season!!

  • 26 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    As long as we are in the mix of the bottom six Villa, Mackems, TOON, Bournemouth, Norwich and Swansea and maybe throw in Chelski then I think it is worth buying/strengthening squad as there is to much money to loose being out the Premiership next year.

    Flip side if you are cast adrift like Villa could be then NO, I would not throw money at it – But look at Leicester last year!

  • 27 manxpie // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Elliott’s playing through an injury still isn’t he ya could see him grimacing after each kick so I think that could be a reason for the poor kicks he had a couple of belting throw outs tho

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Dec 7, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    “We got this goal – it was something like a Christmas present or whatever. We made our goal, but because we weren’t good enough today, the linesman thought, ‘Don’t make world-class goals if you play this s***’.

    Did Klopp really say that?

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    I bet the ground was buzzing yesterday, if only they could put that much effort in every time results wouldn’t matter that much, remember a few years back when Chelsea beat us three nil, Demba Ba should have had a couple and they should have had that Luiz sent off with a penalty. The lads got a standing ovation at the end.

  • 30 beermonkey // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:01 PM


    the problem with us spending in jan and were still in the drop zone who ever wants to come will want relegation clauses and can we get the quality needed in jan

    with ashleys little speech at the end of the season a new manager and coaches more should have been done to bring in players in summer a lot easier to sell the project when you have just signed gini mbemba mitro
    it was looking a good project them now it looks like we put a plaster over a cut that needed stitches

  • 31 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Goal kicks – Mbemba took one yesterday – wouldn’t be a bad idea if he took them all and he threw the ball out a lot more as his throws are as long and better than his kicking.

    Yes klippy did say ‘Well, you don’t make world-class goals if you play this s***’.

    Mind you the ref had his flag up and the whistle had blown before the ball got to Moreno – no celebration and I wonder if he would of hit it the same

  • 32 Toon Tang // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Long time reader, first time poster here lads..

    Colo has been given a good lashing off us this season and rightly so, but yesterday he played absolutely on-point from start to finish.

    Him and Anita were my MOTM

    I even saw Colo shouting at people at one point and turned to my mate and got him to rewind it.

    Why don’t we play like this every week??

  • 33 Toon Tang // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Dejong played well as he could with no match fitness. You could see he was knackered in the first 5 min of the game haha

  • 34 optimistic prime // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Cisse to Turkey is doing the rounds, sell before we buy no doubt.

  • 35 lesh // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Cisse to Istanbul ……. maybe

  • 36 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Crowd was subdued at the start but as the game went on the crowd got behind the team and by the time they scored the decibels had rose a couple of notches. By the time the second goal went in the ground was bouncing – great noise the last ten minutes and I was a happy bunny watching the Dippers leave well before the end.

    More of the same – but as I know and you know this is Newcastle United

  • 37 AncientC // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Where would be without Wijnaldum this season… Cisse’s form last season… Remy the season before.

    If the promised additions do not come, the club will continue to skirt the oblivion until it falls in.

    McClaren redeemed himself somewhat by dumping the 4-2-3-1 and ignoring calls to set the team up like an Allardyce side.

  • 38 bills-son // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    I said on here three weeks ago that SDJ should play in a 4411.

    He made a huge difference to Colback and Anita allowing them to play short side and forward passes that SDJ was always looking to turn into a killer. This never happens in a 442 with two CDM’s. SDJ also showed his leadership qualities and was constantly geeing the other players up. SDJ has to be left in the side to get full match fitness and he will prove to be a real game changer.

    I was also hugely impressed with Cisse. That’s the best I’ve seen him play up front on his own and he was more physical and challenging than I thought he had it in him.

    Dummett also shut his critics up. He might not look as good going forward as Janmat but he is a good solid defender and he won his battle yesterday with Ibe.

    The biggest plus I took from yesterday was that McClaren doesn’t appear to have lost the dressing room.

    If he sticks with 4411, keeps SDJ in the hole and gets them working as hard as they did every game as they did against Liverpool we can turn this round.

  • 39 AncientC // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    On the Moreno goal.

    The Whistle was not blown until he placed the ball –

    Very tight margins though.

  • 40 SPRINGY // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    afternoon all
    welcome toon tang….tbh thought id seen your name on here before….must be something similar!lol
    was shocked to see colo shouting but its about time!
    need another good performance against spurs….any points would be good but a performance is a must…..they may not be the most talented but as long as they put a shift in…i’ll be happy

  • 41 Toon Tang // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Springy, tis me mate haha, I was just testing out the cliched first line because I aint been on in a few weeks.

    If we play like we did yesterday, there is no reason why we cant pick up a point at very least. Spurs have looked better this season but still not fully firing.

  • 42 Toon Tang // Dec 7, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    This season is certainly going to be the best chance that a ‘lesser’ team will take the title and think they should use the chance wisely. Anyone can beat anyone, this weekend has shown it.

    There’s no easy games in the prem these days and the big 6 are finding that out every week eh

  • 43 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Jail @29 was there that day in the Gallowgate and Luiz was there in front of us plain as day earning a red. That was real early on too so he got a full game of ” You’re just a **** Coloccini” which seemed to bother him ha ha. We wuz definitely robbed that day the scoreline had nothing to do with the refs useless interpretation of the game. It was up there with the hilarious Manure, Liverpool games of recent times for decent noise. Mind you Ashleys seating policy has definitely quietened the place.

  • 44 Small World // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    RE some of the comments already made. Elliot’s kicking is fine. It has been hampered of late by an injury. He suffers as any of our goalies do, from too many defensive pass backs. He prefers left but clears with right when needed. His “low targeted kick” is normally spot on and his throwing is top drawer.

    WRT Anita,to a degree I have always been a fan, though I find his game limited. Yesterday he put himself around a lot – but some of his me re ambitious passes weren’t up to much. He’s no Cabaye or similar. A good, neat player who can do a job. I’d prefer to play either him or Colback and have Gini play centre – he ends up there anyway.

  • 45 SPRINGY // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    toon tang
    haha…. knew there was something familiar about the name!!lol
    next game will tell the tale whether it was a start of run of performances or a flash in pan moment…..hopefully the former.

  • 46 hibbitt // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    has jib died never heard from him for days

  • 47 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Anyways cup draw tonight
    who would you like to play?
    who would you prefer to miss

    PLAY: Carlisle – local and help to put some money into the club after the flood devistation
    AVOID: Mackems – seem to have indian sign over us

  • 48 SPRINGY // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    agree with you about cisse… best for a while,and SDJ should start more and his fitness and sharpness will improve….im wondering if mitro or perez myt be a better option tho as cisse will leave b4 long and myt be a waste of time getting them gelling if hes away

  • 49 Rotonda heights // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:32 PM


    don’t tempt fate. enjoy the quiet and absence of endless confrontational BS.

  • 50 SPRINGY // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    home tie…someone easy but not non league!lol…..myt end up another hereford!haha

  • 51 SPRINGY // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    meant to say easier lower league

  • 52 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Watch it be Whitehawk Away after they beat Dagenham & Redbridge
    or Salford City who could beat Hartlepool in replay
    Banker for the TV

  • 53 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Is the Neville effect working at Valencia sneaked a draw against Barca

  • 54 goommy // Dec 7, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Colo did very well yesterday too. He stop Benteke and take out all long air ball for us. Truth is every lads was very good and deserve credits 😀

  • 55 Essex Geordie Bill // Dec 7, 2015 at 3:40 PM


    “meant to say easier lower league”

    What like Sheffield Wednesday in the league cup?

    Fraid there’s n such thing anymore

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