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Georginio Wijnaldum scored four goals as Newcastle grabbed their first league win of the season, defeating Norwich City 6-2 on Sunday.
The win takes Newcastle up from the bottom of the table to 18th place. So while they are still in the relegation zone, they are now only two points behind Bournemouth in 17th place.
Wijnaldum, 24, was Newcastle marquee signing this summer, coming over from PSV Eindhoven for a £14.5 million transfer fee. Manager Steve McClaren was delighted with Wijnaldum’s performance as the Dutchman found the back of the net on four occasions.
“It was great for Gini to get his reward,” McClaren told The Daily Mirror after the final whistle. “It was a fantastic performance.
“He showed what he is capable of doing. We need consistency. We need a little bit more. Consistency from everyone. They have all got a lot to do.”
Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic also got on the scoresheet for Newcastle, and McClaren was asked in the postgame press conference if it was a relief to get the first win of the season.
“Relief? Yes,” McClaren said. “But then I’m now thinking we have to prepare and do it again next week. The feeling is very short. Football is about momentum. You can have it the other way which we have had. Now we want it forward.
“We shake everyone’s hands, and we say well done, and prepare next week for a big, big game. We need to keep it going.
“We showed today what we are capable of doing.
“We have been calm and vocal and focused in our support for the players.
“You need that first win. Behind the scenes it is a huge relief. It showed our capabilities. We have been sensing that.
“But it wasn’t a game under control from anyone. That will lose and win your games in the long run. We have to get more control. But going forward we can be a threat.”