Newcastle Star – We Must Get More Wins And Climb The Table

Georginio Wijnaldum scored his 9th goal this season for Newcastle on Saturday and his goal helped Newcastle to a really good 2-1 win against West Ham, who had been unbeaten in the previous 9 games.

And since we had been winless in the previous six games it was great to get our first win of 2016 and new signing Jonjo Shelvey and Gini were by far our best players on Saturday.

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Gini Wijnaldum after scoring Newcastle´s second goal

They hooked up together extremely well and it seems in that first half that Jonjo and Gini had been playing together for years – yet it was Shelvey´s first appearance and it augers well for the future .

The immediate future is a tough game at Watford on Saturday and we really have to win that game too, as we try to haul ourselves to safety.

This is what Gini Wijnaldum said after the game on Saturday:

“We started really well and scored two good, footballing goals,” “It’s always important to score early because it gives you confidence and makes the game easier.”

“So when Chancel made his mistake, which was unlucky, we were OK because it wasn’t just 1-0 at the time. We had a cushion, we defended well and we deserved the win.”

“I’m always happy to score but more happy that we have won the game.” “I played a big part in the win and that makes me smile.”

“If I can perform like this and help the team win games then that makes me happy.”  “I try to do it every week – sometimes it happens, sometimes not – but I always work hard for the team.”

“We have learnt from earlier in the season,” “Back then, things went wrong – we know that – but we have learnt from it and knew what we had to do to defend well and win games. We showed that against West Ham.”

“We’ve said a few times this season that we must build on this win and put a run together, and that is the case again.”

“Every game is different. We have thought before that we were there, that we had become a good team, and it hasn’t happened. But we have to make sure this time that we get more wins and climb the table.”

“This was a really important win. We are into the second half of the season and we need every point we can get to stay out of the relegation zone and get high up the table.”

We need to repeat the display and the result at Watford on Saturday and that will help us move up the table and away from the relegation zone.

Here´s hoping.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • brklyngeordie

    Jan 17, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Couldn’t agree more don’t agree with stats telling the whole story on players not a good way to judge a player IMO

  • Fostino

    Jan 17, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #2


    Goodbye thauvin..cisse…riverie…Obertan…goofy…marvo..Willo. ..good…

  • Graeme

    Jan 17, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Shelvey could prove to be the signing of the season for us. Given it was his first game, he linked up beautifully, all over the pitch.
    His 50+ yard pass to Janmaat for the 2nd goal was simply sublime.
    We have missed that sort of vision since Cabaye left.

    The team just looked so much better with him on the pitch.

  • Jib

    Jan 17, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Henri Saivet – I’ve never experienced an atmosphere like that in my career !

    Italian and French media full of Napoli’s interest in Sissoko
    The club(NUFC) has said – start your bidding at €35 million – Ha ha ha well said Charnley

  • Jib

    Jan 17, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Apparently the Toon were in the middle of negotiating a loan deal with Victor Valdes .

    The miserable shit van Gaal put the mockers on it after Tuesday nights game.

  • toonincheek

    Jan 18, 2016 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Been a few comments on the validity of quoting stats.
    The one I liked best was “I challenge you to prove the validity of stats without using stats to prove it”.
    The Assists credits have their limitations.
    But seriously, Shelvey played a part in the goals, glorious long diagonal ball for Janmaat to run onto, but Janmaat deserves the assist.
    Shelvey’s ball to Wijni was nothing special – what Wijni did with it was excellent and what Perez did, being ready for the ball and putting it away was exceptional.
    The Assists credits have their limitations.
    I remember Obertan getting to the byeline, pulling the ball back, missing EVERYONE, ball runs out of the box the other side, Sissoko picks it up and hammers home a screamer. And Obertan gets the assist. Crazy.
    Stats balance themselves out over time, so my main point is:
    You cannot dispute stats by quoting one instance.

    I’ve seen some stats on Townsend and if they are correct, then his record is no better than Obertan. Simply NOT GOOD ENOUGH.


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