Wijnaldum 'I'm A Bit Crap!'

Last updated : 05 October 2016 By Footy Mad - Editor

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Former Newcastle United midfielder Gini Wijnaldum admits he is unhappy with his performances since his £25million summer switch to Liverpool.

The Dutchman was a divisive figure while at St James' Park.

Wijnaldum netted 11 goals last season but was often found wanting when Newcastle needed him most as Rafa Benitez's men failed to avoid relegation to the Championship.

His goals brought about a big money move to Anfield, but Wijnaldum admits he's not quite lived up to expectation under Jurgen Klopp.

The 25-year-old told Sky Sports: "To be fair, I settled in quite quickly (at Liverpool) but I’m not really happy with my own performances, as I know I can do better.

"It is also a new position and playing with new players, so these things take time

"I think when I know everything that I have to do and when I know the players better, I can achieve more than I have done right now."

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26. Karl Darlow 
8. Vurnon Anita 
6. Jamaal Lascelles 
2. Ciaran Clark 
3. Paul Dummett 
30. Christian Atsu 67'
12. Jonjo Shelvey 
4. Jack Colback 
20. Yoan Gouffran 
15. Mohamed Diame 87'
9. Dwight Gayle 79'
5. Grant Hanley 87'
11. Matt Ritchie 67'
14. Isaac Hayden 
18. Chancel Mbemba 
22. DeAndre Yedlin 
28. Matz Sels 
45. Aleksandar Mitrovic 79'

Newcastle needed only a Christian Atsu strike to earn a 1-0 victory over Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.

The Ghanaian struck the first-half winner to ensure Newcastle kept their place in the top two and keep Rotherham rooted to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table.

Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran had two early shots on goal with one blocked and the other straight at Lee Camp in a frantic start.

Rotherham then had defender Dominic Ball to thank after he somehow stopped Gouffran's volley from crossing the line with his chest.

The next chance fell the way of the home side with Greg Halford, only playing due to an injury in the warm-up to Joe Mattock, supplying a long throw into the box which fell kindly to Joe Newell whose shot was tipped over the bar by Karl Darlow.

Jon Taylor came even closer when his effort clipped the crossbar from 25 yards out.

Rotherham continued to enjoy a good spell with Tom Adeyemi and Halford having shots.

But Newcastle took advantage of the misfiring Millers to take a lead into the break ahead when Atsu blasted in a great individual effort on 41 minutes.

The winger cut in from the right and curled an unstoppable effort into the top corner from the edge of the box.

The visitors came close to extending their lead in the opening stages of the first half but Dwight Gayle could not get enough of a touch on Jonjo Shelvey's free-kick.

Atsu then burst through from Mohamed Diame's pass but his shot was pushed away by Camp.

Atsu continued to look threatening and after skipping past Darnell Fisher, he cut a ball back for Diame but his shot from close range was diverted behind for a corner by Dael Fry.

Newcastle pressed for a decisive second goal with Matt Ritchie coming on for Atsu and Jonjo Shelvey forcing a save from Camp with a low shot.

Rotherham brought on Dexter Blackstock in a bid to get a leveller but Newcastle had the next opportunity with Ciaran Clark heading narrowly wide from a corner.

The home side were to have chances to score in the final five minutes with Ball's effort cannoning off the woodwork and then substitute Will Vaulks having his header cleared off the line by Clark.

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Newcastle United Fixtures

Sat 15th October
Brentford (H)

Tue 18th October
Barnsley (A)

Sat 22nd October
Ipswich Town (H)

Tue 25th October
EFLC Preston North End (H)

Sat 29th October
Preston North End (A)

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Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Atsu (67' Ritchie), Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran, Diame (87' Hanley), Gayle (79' Mitrovic)
Subs: Hayden, Mbemba, Yedlin, Sels

NEWCASTLE 4 NORWICH 3 (Gayle 3, Gouffran)
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett (92 Atsu), Ritchie, Shelvey, Colback (71' Hayden), Gouffran, Diame (71' Mitrovic), Gayle
Subs: Lazaar, Perez, Mbemba, Sels

Sels, Yedlin (75' Tiote), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Gouffran, Diame, Gayle (80' Mitrovic)
Subs: Hanley, Lazaar, Perez, Darlow, Atsu

LC NEWCASTLE 2 WOLVES 0 (Ritchie, Gouffran)
Darlow, Yedlin, Hanley, Clark, Lazaar, Shelvey, Colback, Ritchie (86' Lascelles), Diame (72' Perez), Gouffran (75' Atsu), Murphy 
Subs: Dummett, Hayden, Woodman, Mitrovic

Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Hayden (Mitrovic 62) Shelvey, Ritchie (Atsu 63), Diame, Perez, Gayle
Subs not used: Clark, Colback, Gouffran, Yedlin, Darlow

QPR 0 NEWCASTLE 6 (Shelvey 2, Perez, Clark, Mitrovic, Hanley)
Sels, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett (65' Hanley), Gouffran (61' Atsu), Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie, Perez, Mitrovic (74' Yedlin)
Subs: Colback, Gayle, Diame, Darlow

DERBY CO 0 NEWCASTLE 2 (Gouffran, Yedlin)
Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran (73' Yedlin), Diame (88' Hayden), Gayle (76' Perez)
Subs: Clark, Lazaar, Darlow, Mitrovic

NEWCASTLE 2 BRIGHTON 0 (Lascelles, Shelvey)
Sels, Anita (72' Gamez), Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Gouffran (88' Yedlin), Diame (81' Colback), Perez 
Subs: Clark, Hanley, Darlow, Armstrong

Darlow, Sterry, Lascelles, Hanley, Gamez, Aarons (24' Gouffran), Shelvey, Colback, Perez, Diame, Mitrovic (38' Gayle)
Subs: Dummett, Hayden, Mbemba, Sels

Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden (87' Shelvey), Colback, Gouffran, Diame (63' Perez), Gayle (88' Aarons)
Subs: Dummett, Hanley, Darlow, Sterry

NEWCASTLE 4 READING 1 (Hayden, Ritchie (P), Gayle 2)
Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Clark, Dummett, Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie (90' Aarons), Perez (76' Lascelles), Gouffran (84' Colback), Gayle 
Subs: Hanley, Janmaat, Darlow, Armstrong

Sels, Janmaat (83' Armstrong), Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Anita, Hayden, Shelvey, Aarons (45' Ritchie), Diame (75' Perez), Gayle 
Subs: Clark, Colback, Darlow, Gamez

Sels; Janmaat, Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett; Hayden (Shelvey 77), Colback (Aarons 61); Ritchie, Perez (Armstrong 70), Anita; Gayle. 
Subs Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Sterry.

NEWCASTLE 3 VITESSE ARNHEM 2 (Leerdam (og), Gayle, Colback)
Sels; Janmaat (Sterry, 74), Hanley (Gamez, 62), Lascelles, Dummett; Hayden (Saivet, 74), Colback (Shelvey, 62); Anita (Mitrovic, 74), Perez (Armstrong, 62), Ritchie (Aarons, 62); Gayle (Gouffran, 74). Subs not: Darlow, Tiote, Thauvin.

SOUTHEND UTD 0 NEWCASTLE 2 (Anita, Gouffran) 
Darlow; Janmaat (Sterry 63), Mbemba (Hanley 63), Lascelles, Dummett; Hayden (Colback 63), Shelvey (Saivet 73); Anita (Thauvin 78), Perez (Mitrovic 73), Aarons (Gouffran 63); Gayle (Armstrong 63). 
Sub not used: Sels.

SPORTING LOKEREN 0 NEWCASTLE 4 (Perez 2, Perez, Janmaat, Shelvey)
Sels (Darlow 72); Sterry (Gouffran 63), Mbemba (Saivet 72), Lascelles (Dummett 63), Anita (Gamez 46); Hayden (Shelvey 46), Colback (Tiote 72); Janmaat, Perez (Mitrovic 46), Aarons (Thauvin 63), Gayle (Armstrong 63).
Subs not used: None.

Sels, Janmaat (Sterry, 45), Mbemba (Saivet, 65), Lascelles (Dummett, 45), Colback (Hayden, 45), Anita (Gamez, 45), Ritchie (Gouffran, 45), Aarons (Perez, 45), Shelvey (Wijnaldum, 79), Mitrovic (Gayle, 45), Armstrong (Thauvin, 60).

BOHEMIANS 0 NEWCASTLE 6 (Ritchie, Mitrovic, Gayle, Thauvin, Aarons, Wijnaldum) 
Sels, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Sterry, Aarons, Colback, Gouffran, Ritchie, Saivet, Mitrovic.
Subs: Darlow, Gamez, Dummett, Wijnaldum, Shelvey, Hayden, Perez, Gayle, Janmaat, Tiote, Thauvin.