Georginio Wijnaldum: Now THAT was the ‘beautiful game’!

Georginio Wijnaldum
Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum hailed Newcastle United’s 6-2 demolition of Norwich City as the “beautiful game”.

Wijnaldum scored four times in yesterday’s victory at St James’s Park.

The win lifted the club off the foot of the Premier League and above Sunderland and Aston Villa ahead of Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby.

And the win owed everything to the finishing of Wijnaldum, signed from PSV Eindhoven in the summer for £14million.

“It was a beautiful game for me, the whole team and the fans in the stadium, but especially for me as I scored four goals,” said Wijnaldum.

“It’s wonderful, like a dream come true for me.”

It was a beautiful game for me, the whole team and the fans in the stadium, but especially for me as I scored four goals.

Georginio Wijnaldum

Asked about his performance, Wijnaldum added: “I just enjoy the moment, especially moments like this because it’s not normal to score four goals in a game.

“I enjoy it and appreciate it.

“What I realise is that every game is different. What I will do now is enjoy the moment, and (then) I will focus on Sunderland.

“As I say, it’s not normal to score four goals in a game. I will try (to do it again), but it will be hard.

“These are special moments in your career.”

Head coach Steve McClaren – whose side had been beaten 6-1 by Manchester City before the international break – had been under intense pressure before the match.

McClaren – and Newcastle – needed something special to kick-start their season.

And Wijnaldum, ably assisted by Moussa Sissoko, provided it. Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez also found the net.

For his part, Wijnaldum, 24, was just relieved to make a match-winning contribution.

“I’d already scored two goals before, but we didn’t get the results,” he said.

“If you score and you get a result, you are happier. It gives you a better feeling.

“To get four, be part of the first win and work hard is great.

“It will give us a lot of confidence for the next match.”

Wijnaldum, however, won’t be resting on his laurels ahead of the derby game against Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland.

United, beaten in the last five derbies, will need another huge performance from Wijnaldum if they are to end that sequence.

“I will work hard – I start on zero,” said the Holland international. “I’ll look to create chances and goals.”