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.
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.