A brilliant four goal performance saw Gini Wijnaldum take home the match ball and Newcastle the three points.
After the game, the Dutch midfielder said that he had done it (score four) once before when playing for Feyenoord against Groningen but it had included two penalties.
Interviewed alongside Aleksandar Mitrovic by Sky Sports, Wijnaldum was told that he was following in the footsteps of Alan Shearer, the last player to do it for Newcastle when he scored five against Sheffield Wednesday on Sir Bobby Robson’s home debut.
Mitrovic admitted he had never scored four in a game before and Wijnaldum said that he will teach him!
Gini Wijnaldum (and Aleksandar Mitrovic) talking to Sky Sports:
“We needed that.
“We had a few games where we played good, especially in the first half, but at the end of the game we don’t have the points, or only the one point.
“You only have to look at the game against Chelsea and we should have had three points but gave it away.
“Every day we work hard to get the result we have now, we needed it.”
Question – ‘First since Alan Shearer 16 years ago to score more than three, doesn’t sound too bad does it?’
(Smiling)”No! I have scored four before, for Feyenoord v Groningen, that was two penalties and two normal goals, today it was two headers and two shots.”
Question to Aleksandar Mitrovic – ‘Have you done it before?’
Wijnaldum “I’m going to teach you!”
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Newcastle 6 Norwich 2 Sunday 18 October 4pm
Newcastle: Wijnaldum 14, 26, 66, 85 Perez 33 Motrovic 64
Norwich: Mbokani 20, Redmond 34
These are the key stats as provided by BBC Sport;
Possession was 44% Newcastle and 56% Norwich
Total shots was 11 for Newcastle and Norwich 18
Shots on target was Newcastle 6 and Norwich 6
While corners was Newcastle 3 and Norwich 7
Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett (Haidara 65), Colback, Tiote (Anita 46), Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic (Cisse 88)
Unused Subs: Woodman, de Jong, Lascelles, Thauvin
Ref: Anthony Taylor