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    Newcastle United 6-2 Norwich City Match Report. Magic Gini grants Newcastle wishes in emphatic win.

    By Ryan Carter. Twitter: @TheRyanJCarter.

    Newcastle United finally claimed their first league win of the season in an entertaining 6-2 win over Norwich City.

    A high scoring affair which saw goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez and four from Gini Wijnaldum resulted in Newcastle securing a win they so desperately needed.

    It was a tense game for the home side despite constantly looking a threat every time they ventured forward, as goals from Dieumerci Mbokani and Nathan Redmond kept them on their toes.

    The three points mean the Magpies climb from the foot of the Premier League table and above rivals Sunderland.

    One of the big stories going into the game was the fact Tim Krul has been ruled out for the rest of the season after picking up a bad injury on international duty with the Netherlands.

    Injury to second-choice goalkeeper Karl Darlow also meant there was a rare start for Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal.

    The Republic of Ireland stopper was tested early on, when a Robbie Brady freekick floated over the heads of every player in the box and towards goal.

    But Elliot was alert and collected comfortably, before kicking the ball upfield to set up the next attack for his team.

    Newcastle fans were hungry for a win after coming so close in previous games and their team made a good start with some positive attacking football.

    The home side’s good attitude was soon rewarded, as Gini Wijnaldum opened the scoring.

    Moussa Sissoko collected the ball on the edge of the Norwich area and looked set to fire at goal but instead opted to take an extra touch before sliding the ball into the path of Wijnaldum who finished well.

    After going behind, Norwich stepped up their game and looked to find a quick equaliser and it almost came in spectacular fashion, as Brady’s long range effort cannoned off Elliot’s left post.

    But the away side did eventually get their goal and it was scored by the Canaries’ Congolese forward, Dieumerci Mbokani.

    Sissoko had been playing brilliantly in the opening minutes but was at fault for the equaliser, as he failed to chase down Martin Olssen on the left wing.

    The Swedish fullback then delivered a good ball into the box and it only needed a touch from Mbokani to make it 1-1.

    Newcastle replied almost immediately though and it was Wijnaldum again with the goal.

    The Dutch midfielder waited in the penalty area, as Sissoko held the ball on the right-hand side before delivering a cross into his teammate who rose above his marker to put his team back in front.

    Norwich may have been unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty moments later, when Jonny Howson had his shirt pulled by Daryl Janmaat in the area.

    Referee Anthony Taylor ignored the protests however and Newcastle escaped with a bit of luck.

    Steve McClaren was looking for his first win in the league as boss of the Tyneside club in what was his ninth attempt to do so.

    The former England head coach looked set to finally get that much desired victory, as Ayoze Perez added a third for his team.

    Newcastle’s Spanish forward pushed forward into the Norwich area and saw his first effort blocked by Olssen but he was quick to react and his second attempt nestled into the bottom corner.

    With ten minutes left of the half, the team at the bottom of the league looked to be in a fantastic position to claim victory but as always with the Toon, it was never going to be that simple.

    Instead, Alex Neil’s team made life that bit more uncomfortable for the hosts by halving the deficit through a Nathan Redmond goal two minutes later.

    Olssen was given time on the ball on the left and his cross found Redmond with plenty of space in the area, before firing passed Elliot to make it 3-2.

    While Newcastle looked hapless at the back, they looked very dangerous every time they got forward and they could have easily grabbed another goal or two before the break.

    Despite some promising attacks from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Perez, who seem to have found a great partnership up front, the score remained 3-2 going into halftime.

    The Magpies looked horrific at the back and after a disastrous second half display against Manchester City last time out, fans had every right to be cautious, even though their side held the advantage.

    Norwich looked set to act quickly as the players returned to the field and they could have scored their third were in not for Wijnaldum.

    Former Toon defender, Sebastien Bassong rose above his marker and had Elliot beaten with his headed attempt at goal, but Newcastle’s two goal hero was there to clear off the line.

    The Canaries took control of the half and the home side’s lead looked anything but safe, as Wes Hoolahan entered the fray.

    But the Geordie faithful need not worry, as their team wrapped the game up with two quick fire goals.

    First Mitrovic chested down a ball from Sissoko before delivering a powerful strike passed a helpless John Ruddy.

    Then Wijnaldum capped off a great performance by completing his hattrick, as he headed Newcastle’s fifth of the game.

    But the man who experienced heartbreak in the European Qualifiers with the Netherlands was all smiles in the black and white stripes of his club side, as he decided three goals was not enough.

    Wijnaldum collected the ball from Perez and slowly crept forward, before firing home his fourth goal of the contest.

    Up next for Newcastle is a trip to the Stadium of Light, as they prepare to take on arch rivals Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear Derby next Sunday.

    Norwich’s next game will see them return to Carrow Road, where they will play host to West Bromwich Albion for a Saturday kick-off.

    Player Ratings:


    Rob Elliot: 7

    Daryl Janmaat: 6

    Chancel Mbemba: 6

    Fabricio Colocinni: 6

    Paul Dummett: 5

    Jack Colback: 6

    Cheick Tiote: 6

    Moussa Sissoko: 8

    Gini Wijnaldum: 10

    Ayoze Perez: 9

    Aleksandar Mitrovic: 9


    Haidara: 7, Anita: 7, Cisse: 6


    Ruddy: 6, Whittaker: 5, Martin: 6, Bassong: 5, Olsson: 7, Dorrans:6 , Tettey: 5, Redmond: 7, Howson: 6, Brady: 7, Mbokani: 7.

    Subs: Hoolahan: 6, O’Neil: 6, Jerome: 6
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