Steve McClaren has told of his “relief” after Newcastle United got off the mark in the Premier League – at the ninth time of asking.
McClaren’s side climbed off the foot of the division thanks to a 6-2 win over Norwich City at St James’s Park this afternoon.
Georginio Wijnaldum scored four goals and Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez also found the net in what was the club’s first league victory of the season.
The win came just over a fortnight after a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Manchester City.
“I’m relieved,” said McClaren. “The crowd got behind us from the first whistle.
“I’m pleased for the players, because it’s been tough and hard.
“We had a tough week after (losing 6-1 to) Man City. We showed our strengths of what we are good at, but we showed weaknesses by conceding two.
“Individuals stepped up – that was the key thing.
“The front four were excellent, especially Gini. Moussa Sissoko showed strength and power and he showed why he is coveted by the top four.
“I thought the score could have been anything. We rode our luck and defended quite well. On the break we were terrific.”