Newcastle ‘must give fans something back’ says Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game
Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game

Matchwinner Georginio Wijnaldum was delighted Newcastle could give something back to the fans after a tough few weeks on Tyneside.

The Magpies produced a stunning performance to beat in-form Liverpool 2-0 at St James’s Park.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates his second goal

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates his second goal

It was a result not many people would have predicted, coming after Newcastle had performed abjectly in their last two games, a 3-0 home defeat against Leicester City and a 5-1 loss at Crystal Palace.

Wijnaldum’s shot was deflected in by Martin Skrtel for the opener before he sealed the victory in the dying seconds with a breakaway goal to send the home support into raptures.

“We’ve had two difficult weeks,” he said. “We had to react from the last game because the performance was not so good.

“We trained hard together, kept faith in each other and tried to keep the confidence and it worked.

Newcastle fans celebrate after the win over Liverpool

Newcastle fans celebrate after the win over Liverpool

“It was difficult for Liverpool to create chances. We learned from the last two weeks where the performance was not good.

“It’s difficult to win games but if you keep hope, you give your all – and we gave everything in the end – then you can be proud because there’s no regrets, and that’s what we did here.

“We fought to win the game and we were lucky that we won. We worked hard, especially in the first half, we worked hard together.”

Newcastle’s opener midway through the first period had a degree of luck about it, but Wijnaldum insists the team deserved that good fortune.

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel and Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse battle for the ball

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel and Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse battle for the ball

And despite the strike being likely to go down as an own goal, the Dutchman insists he is claiming it.

“Sometimes you need luck to score a goal,” the midfielder said. “The first bit of luck was the ball staying at my feet. After that I shoot. He touched it – I still think it’s my goal because I’ve shot on goal.

“At that moment you’re happy because you work hard together, especially in the first half. We tried hard to get a good result and then you’re happy if it works for the goal.

“It’s a really big result because we’ve had a few poor weeks. We reacted well today. We played as a team.

“When you play at home you want the fans behind you and you must give them something back.

“It’s always important and good if you win games because it will give you confidence. We must know we won’t win games easily. We must fight like we did today.”