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.
Georginio Wijnaldum – scoring yesterday
Here are the three best players yesterday and they are all Dutchmen.
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.
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.
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.