Last Sunday proved that miracles do happen. Newcastle United finally managed to win a game, and in magnificent style too. Their 6-2 win at home against Norwich City has shocked supporters, and most probably the players and Newcastle board as well, who have so far had to endure a dismal start to the season. This was the highest number of goals scored in a match so far this season, and the excitement of this result is bound to have lifted the spirits of the toon army.
New summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum scored four goals, with Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic supplying the other two. Goals from Dieumerci Mbokani and Nathan Redmond for Norwich prevented the toon from having a completely clean sheet. Both teams demonstrated a disappointing defensive display, but the overall performance from Newcastle made them worthy of the 3 points.
Norwich City can still be commended for the performance they put in. They had more of the overall possession (56% compared to Newcastle’s 44%) and had more shots on target (18 in total and 2 of which hit the post, and Newcastle had 11). Their defence is what let them down on the day, and they have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 9 league games.
Steve McClaren can definitely take many positives from the game. Man of the Match Wijnaldum, who they brought from PSV in the summer for 14.5 million, is only the second player in Newcastle’s Premier League history to score 4 goals in a match (Alan Shearer being the other one). Their other big summer signing, Mitrovic, also scored and was impressive throughout the match, before being substituted for Cisse in the 88th minute. Moussa Sissoko showed a fantastic display, with 3 assists. The main issue that still needs work was the defence, who made a few mistakes that could have been costly to the Magpies if they hadn’t scored so much themselves.
The impressive win at their home ground meant supporters got behind the club for the first time this season, and this positive attitude from the fans, despite their club putting in some awful displays in previous games, will hopefully push the team to now continue this remarkable performance. A morale boost is just what Newcastle needed prior to their game this forthcoming Sunday, where they face their biggest rivals Sunderland on derby day. Let’s hope this winning streak and momentum continues as they will need this to get them out of the bottom 3.