Georginio Wijnaldum hails Newcastle fans after debut goal against Southampton

Newcastle United's Georginio Wijnaldum during the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 9, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Newcastle. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Newcastle United's Georginio Wijnaldum during the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 9, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Newcastle. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Newcastle debut goal hero Georginio Wijnaldum said the atmosphere at St James’ Park after he headed his first for his new team was “something special.”

The Dutch international has described the noise that greeted his header just three minutes into the second half of United’s 2-2 draw with Southampton as “amazing.”

“Mine was a good goal,” he said. “We won the ball from their corner, Papiss put it over Gaby and he ran down the line after the ball.

“I sprinted from about 60 metres, Gaby’s cross was great and I ran to the front post and put the header the other way, to the far post.

“When the ball left my head I was just willing it to go in, and when it hit the back of the net my first thought was to celebrate with the fans, and with Gaby, too, because it wasn’t an easy cross to make.

“The noise in the stadium was amazing. I had heard a lot of good stories about the atmosphere and the songs they sing, so to hear it properly and for my goal, was something special.

“I love to play for fans who really support you and help you win games, and that will definitely be the case here.”

Wijnaldum, who arrived from PSV Eindhoven last month, admitted his was disappointed his home debut did not end in a victory for the Magpies.

He said: “We played very well, especially in the first half. We created a few chances and if we had scored the goals we would have won the game, easily. Unfortunately that didn’t happen but we cannot be too disappointed with a draw.”