After the defeat at West Ham, Gini Wijnaldum was asked what needed to change when Newcastle play Watford on Saturday.
The Dutchman’s honest appraisal – ‘Everything’.
Whilst Steve McClaren has been more than happy to talk about getting to the ground late as being a problem, when asked about whether that had affected the result, Wijnaldum was also unequivocal in his response to that – ‘No, no, no’!
The Dutch midfielder was just one of many players to have a stinker of a game and that was reflected when he was of the lowest in our player ratings for the game.
The former PSV Captain says that the team have to start creating chances and at the other end of the pitch up their concentration, Wijnaldum pointing to the fact that United conceded goals early in each half on Monday night.
Gini Wijnaldum interviewed on NUFC TV:
“Really disappointed, especially because we don’t start good in the first half and also in the second half.
“In the first 10 minutes we gave a goal away (9th minute) and in the second half exactly the same, the first five minutes we gave the second goal away (48th minute).
“We had a lot of possession but you must create chances and we don’t create a lot of chances.
‘Is the delay getting to the ground a reason for losing?’
“No no no, that’s not a reason. Sometimes you have to deal with situations and this time it was the situation when we were stuck in traffic.
“Still though you have to prepare good for the game and I don’t think it is an excuse for the way we played – you must deal with it.”
‘What must Newcastle do different on Saturday?’
“The possession was good but I think we must create more chances and also finish them. We have to keep concentrating because if you give two goals away in the first minutes of each half it is really difficult.
“We must stay focused so we don’t give stupid goals away.”