Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum '˜upset' ahead of Man United clash
Georginio Wijnaldum admits Newcastle United find themselves in a 'difficult' position '“ and only goals will get them out of it.
Steve McClaren’s side, knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend, haven’t scored for 412 minutes.
And Newcastle will take on Manchester United at St James’s Park in the Premier League tonight needing three points to climb out of the bottom three.
A goal from Watford’s Troy Deeney condemned United to a fourth successive 1-0 defeat on Saturday.
Newcastle had created the better chances, but once again they were unable to make them count, and an error from Wijnaldum – his stray backpass to Fabricio Coloccini was intercepted by Deeney – led to another early cup exit.
Wijnaldum, the club’s leading scorer with seven league goals, left Vicarage Road “disappointed and upset” at the error – and the result.
“I’m disappointed and also upset,” said the midfielder.
“I wanted to play it to Colo, but I played it wrong. Deeney took the ball and he scored.
“Until that moment I think we were playing a good game.
“It’s been the same for the last four games.
“We’ve played good and created chances, but haven’t taken them.
“Watford didn’t create a chance, just the chance from the bad ball that I played.
“We must make sure that we make goals from the chances we create, otherwise, you will never win games.
“That’s frustrating, but we must keep the confidence until the end of the season.
“We made a few chances in the second-half period, but we couldn’t score a goal.
“We must stay positive and believe we can score goals.
“We must work hard on it to score goals, because we’re creating a lot of chances right now.”
United’s 2,809-strong travelling support at Vicarage Road vented their anger at the club’s plight during the second half.
And there were boos at the final whistle as the players approached the away end to acknowledge their support.
Asked if he understood their frustration, Wijnaldum said: “Yes, of course.
“We saw how much the supporters were hurting (at Watford). How I see it is that they want something back, and that is normal.
“But still I hope that they will be there at the next game and support us.
“We need that. It’s a tough period and a tough situation, and the help of the supporters is very important for us now.
“The situation is not so easy – it’s very difficult. I understand the anger of the supporters, but we need their support until the end of the season.”
Wijnaldum, a title-winner with PSV Eindhoven in Holland last season, is desperate to give them “something back” against Louis van Gaal’s fifth-placed side.
“We must give them something back,” said the 25-year-old.
“We must take the chances we get, then it will be easier for us to win games. We have been creating four or five games each game.
“That’s what we must do to make it easier for ourselves.”
Meanwhile, Man United manager van Gaal’s hopes of registering a third win in succession have been hit by an injury to midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who will miss the Newcastle game because of a knee problem he suffered in the dying stages of Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield United.
Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia are unavailable because of long-term injuries, while Phil Jones is likely to miss out because of an ankle problem he sustained in the 2-1 win over Swansea City on January 2.
Ashley Young, Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick, however, were rested for the cup game because they had played too many matches and were ‘’in the red zone’’, according to Van Gaal.
But all three could return for the trip to St James’s Park.
On his team’s form, Van Gaal said: “It is a process. I have said many times.
“We are in that process. We have ups and downs. We have won two times in a row.”