Newcastle United took the "Gini" out of the bottle against Norwich and he granted the Magpies faithful with the wish of a 4 wonder goal performance in a 6-2 win Sunday at St. James Park.
Wijnaldum joins Alan Shearer as the last Newcastle United player to hit for 4 goals in a game and it couldn't have come at a better time for Steve McClaren and the black and whites. It was the first win of the season for NUFC and the first for the new manager.
Defensive miscues abounded in the match, but just like how the "The Entertainers" use to do it, Newcastle kept firing in the goals regardless of how close the opposition came to scoring on the other end.
Moussa Sissoko matched Andy Cole as the last Newcastle player with 3 assists in a match. Cole did that in 1994.
The match was on a knife's edge until Wijnaldum broke through in the second half. Newcastle led 3-2 at halftime, but were lucky to avoid a penalty kick when Darryl Janmaat's tug back of Norwich's Jonathan Howson off a set piece. Norwich players surrounded the referee, but nothing was given.
Norwich also had a long-range rocket by Robert Brady cannon off the post. Later in the second half, Nathan Redmond hit the post after his shot also would've beaten NUFC keeper Rob Elliot.
As for Newcastle, it seemed every shot the Magpies took on this day found its mark.
Newcastle took finished with 11 shots on goal -- 6 of them sending the Magpies faithful into euphoria with each celebration.
it started and ended with Wijnaldum.
Newcastle gained possession and Sissoko stayed composed in the box and played a perfect pass to an uncovered Wijnaldum and made no mistake with his one-time strike to give the Magpies a 1-0 lead.
But just as soon as Newcastle took the lead, the home side was pegged back.
Sissoko giveth and he taketh away.
The Frenchmen failed to track back on a wide run by Norwich right back Martin Olsson, who raced down the wing and was played wide by Brady. With Sissoko not there to close him down, Olsson played a perfect cross into the box and Norwich forward Dieudonne' Mbokani only had to stretch out a re-direct it for the equalizing goal.
In the 25th minute, Newcastle was back in front and again it was Wijnaldum doing the honors with Sissoko again the provider on a terrific cross that the Dutchman headed home for a 2-1 lead.
Newcastle made it 3 goals in 33 minutes with forward Ayoze Perez getting into the act. Sissoko again with the feed into the Spaniard, whose first shot was blocked by Redmond, but the deflection came straight back to Perez and he made his second opportunity count for a 3-1 Newcastle lead.
Just as fans were starting to feel confident, Norwich made things more stressful again. For the second time, no one closed down Olsson and he played a cross into the back post with Redmond there to hammer it home and make 3-2 in the 34th minute.
It easily could've been 3-3 if Norwich had been correctly awarded a penalty kick on Janmaat's foul, but nothing was called and Newcastle took a 3-2 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Norwich flew out of the locker room in the second half with the Magpies unable to gain possession or threaten as the Canaries threatened to get their equalizer.
But then Sissoko delivered arguably the play of the game on a brilliantly worked counter-attack goal.
After being second-best on defense in the first half, he tackled back and doggedly defended Redmond on the wing to win possession and start a counter-attack. He roared forward and worked a 1-2 with Perez before finding Aleksandar Mitrovic, who powered a volleyed shot past Norwich's John Ruddy.
Newcastle now led 4-2 in the 64th minute and the Magpies were just getting started.
Two minutes later and Wijnaldum had his hat trick. Sissoko again got things going with a marauding run down the wing. He passed to Wijnaldum who laid off for Janmaat on the wing. This gave Wijnaldum enough time to make his move and by on the other end of Janmaat's cross for the headed goal. It was now 5-2 Newcastle and Magpies fans watching at SJP and around the world on television could hardly believe it.
But there was going to be more.
In the 86th minute, Perez won the ball and played a pass to Wijnaldum, who cut inside and unleashed a strike that deflected off the back of a Norwich player and left Ruddy no chance as it hit the back of the net in the top right corner.
It was the sixth goal of the match and Newcastle were well and truly living a dream.
For the first time in a long time, Newcastle fans can go into work Monday on the back of a victory.
Full-time and #nufc win in the Premier League for the first time in 147 days!— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) October 18, 2015
Now the Magpies need to keep it going next week in the Tyne-Wear Derby at the Stadium of Light.