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Saturday 20 January 2018

Newcastle goal hero Georginio Wijnaldum turns attention to derby

Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is already looking ahead to the derby clash with Sunderland
Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is already looking ahead to the derby clash with Sunderland

Georginio Wijnaldum will put his goalscoring heroics to one side to concentrate on the business of ending Newcastle's derby misery at the hands of arch-rivals Sunderland.

The 24-year-old Holland international plundered four goals as the Magpies finally ended their wait for a first Barclays Premier League win of the season at the ninth attempt with a 6-2 trouncing of Norwich on Sunday.

However, despite leaving St James' Park with the match ball and the plaudits of head coach Steve McClaren and the fans who witnessed his feat ringing in his ears, Wijnaldum insisted a glorious day on Tyneside will count for little in next weekend's Wear-Tyne derby.

He said: "What I realise is that every game is different. What I will do now is enjoy the moment and next week I will focus on Sunderland.

"It's not normal to score four goals in a game. I will try but it will be hard. These are special moments in your career.

"Every game is different but I focus on that. I will work hard because I start on zero. I'll look to create chances and goals."

Wijnaldum's exploits against the Canaries were significant for so many reasons other than the hard currency of Premier League points.

The win lifted the club from the foot of the table - and in the process relegated Sunderland to the basement - and into 18th place, two points adrift of safety at this early stage of the campaign.

In one fell swoop, they doubled their goals for tally for the campaign as they scored six for the first time since they beat Aston Villa 6-0 in August 2010, and Wijnaldum became the first Magpie to score a league hat-trick since Demba Ba against Stoke in the October of the following year and the first to claim four in a match since Alan Shearer - who went on to get five - against Sheffield Wednesday in September 1999.

The £14.5million summer signing from PSV Eindhoven said: "It was beautiful game for me, the whole team and the fans in the stadium. But especially for me as I scored four goals.

"It's wonderful, like a dream come true for me."

Wijnaldum, ably assisted by the impressive Moussa Sissoko, gave Newcastle a 2-1 lead with his first two goals either side of Dieumerci Mbokani's equaliser, and although Ayoze Perez extended the home side's lead, Nathan Redmond kept the visitors in it at the break.

Norwich resumed in determined fashion but Aleksandar Mitrovic's 64th-minute strike calmed Geordie nerves and set the stage for Wijnaldum to complete his haul with another double.

He said: "If you score and you get a result, you are happier. It gives you a better feeling. To get four, be part of the first win and work hard is great. It will give us a lot of confidence for the next match."

Norwich boss Alex Neil left Tyneside not quite believing what he had seen on a day when both sides attacked with fluency but defended poorly, with his men particularly culpable at the back.

He said: "It's a case of what's happened, how do you now deal with that and put it to bed and move on?

"But we have been successful since I have been here, we have had setbacks since I have been here and we have moved on from those games, so I don't think this game will have any bearing on next week.

"I don't think last week had any bearing on this week, so it's individual games and we have got to move on from it."

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