Newcastle United 6 Norwich City 2: Four-goal Georginio Wijnaldum eases pressure on Steve McClaren

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Georginio Wijnaldum got Newcastle United off the mark in the Premier League with a stunning FOUR-goal blast this afternoon.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez also found the net as Steve McClaren’s side beat Norwich City 6-2 to climb off the foot of the table.

The result, the club’s first league win of the campaign, lifted the club above Sunderland and Aston Villa and into 18th place ahead of next Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby.

And it also eased the pressure on head coach McClaren after a troubled few weeks on Tyneside.

Wijnaldum opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a neat finish from a Moussa Sissoko ball, but Dieumerci Mbokani quickly levelled for Norwich.

Sissoko set up Wijnaldum’s second goal, a 25th-minute header, with a cross into the box, and United went further ahead thanks to a strike from Ayoze Perez.

But Nathan Redmond pulled a goal back for Norwich before the break to the frustration of McClaren, who replaced Cheick Tiote with Vurnon Anita at the break.

After an edgy start to the second half, Newcastle quickly control of the game.

Aleksandar Mitrovic put United 4-2 ahead with his first goal at St James’s Park, and Wijnaldum became the first United player to score a hat-trick on home turf since Demba Ba’s treble against Blackburn Rovers four years ago when he beat Ruddy again in the 66th minute.

Wijnaldum struck his fourth five minutes from the end of normal time.

The last United player to score four goals at St James’s Park was Alan Shearer, who netted five goals against Sheffield Wednesday in September 1999.

Newcastle are now just two points adrift of fourth-from-bottom Bournemouth.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett (Haidara, 65); Sissoko, Tiote (Anita, 46), Colback, Wijnaldum; Perez, Mitrovic (Cisse, 88). Subs not used: Woodman, Lascelles, Thauvin, De Jong.

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Olsson (Jerome, 84); Redmond, Dorrans (O’Neil, 84), Tettey (Hoolahan, 61), Brady; Howson; Mbokani. Subs not used: Rudd, Wisdom, Jarvis, R Bennett.

Goals: Wijnaldum 15, 25, 66, 85, Mbokani 21, Perez 33, Redmond 34, Mitrovic 64

Bookings: Tiote 6, Dorrans 66

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe)

Attendance: 47,006