Huge Vote Of Confidence For Steve McClaren

Georginio Wijnaldum has been our best player so far this season and he put in another great performance on Sunday afternoon when it really mattered.

Gini added his seventh Premier League goal of the season in stoppage time to set up some wild scenes at St. James’ Park that was seen live all around the world on TV – because we knew at that time we had beaten a very strong Liverpool side 2-0 and we fully deserved the win.

We know that’s true because the very impressive Jurgen Klopp said exactly that after the game – and he’s always right.


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Georginio Wijnaldum – another great game for Newcastle

Georginio shows definite signs of becoming a great player at Newcastle and Kevin Keegan and others have been singing his praises since the great win against the Reds.

He looks like poetry in motion when he gets the ball and he has skills galore – and  surely this lad is a future captain of Newcastle United – sooner rather than later.

The players worked their socks off for the cause on Sunday and it was a performance that was as good as it was surprising and a lot of us thought we would be hammered by a resurgent Liverpool side under Jurgen Klopp.

It was the kind of shock result that says that Newcastle may be able to get out of trouble this season – and hopefully before too long – it’s very difficult when the side is in the bottom three of the Premier League.

And Wijnaldum has come out today in full support of his manager:

“I didn’t know that there was talk about the trainer’s future, but I don’t think it’s the fault of the trainer that we performed badly.”

“I think it’s the fault of the players. But that’s the thing in football, sometimes when things go badly everyone says the trainer is responsible for that.”

“It’s not fair every time, especially not in our case, because I think for this club he’s the best that we can get right now.”

“I hope that the club will give him the faith and keep him here.” “I hope they do that but I didn’t know there were complaints about him, but we fought especially for the team and not just the trainer.”

That’s  a strange comment – he’s the best we can get right now – but maybe he’s just struggling with his English – his second language.

Newcastle still have too much trouble scoring goals and we must sign a good striker in January.

But on Sunday it was Gini who produced two pieces of magic in the penalty box to get us the two goals that meant a precious 3 points.

If he wasn’t playing on Sunday, the best we could hope for probably was a 0-0 draw.

Gini’s support of his manager will help Steve McClaren, but we cannot have any more collapses.

Two more defeats against Tottenham and Aston Villa in the next two games will have things back to where they were before the Liverpool game.

We don’t want that to happen.

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