Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has told Sky Sports that he was relieved with his side's 6-2 win over Norwich City - and hailed Moussa Sissoko.
McClaren had endured a torrid start to the season with Newcastle, with no wins in the first eight games of the campaign - but that run has now ended.
The Magpies smashed Norwich City 6-2 at St. James' Park this evening, with Georginio Wijnaldum hitting four goals in a remarkable display, whilst strikers Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic also found the back of the net as everything finally clicked for McClaren's men.
After the game, McClaren spoke to Sky Sports about the game, and admitted that he was simply relieved to have finally got his first league win as Newcastle boss.
"Probably relief," said McClaren when asked what he felt after the win. "But so pleased for everyone involved at the club. We've had to be patient, the fans especially. They started from the first whistle and got behind the team and in the end, I think that kind of performance for them, it's tremendous for them to go away and enjoy that. But I'm also pleased for the players, because it's been tough, it's been hard but they deserve that - I'm very proud of them."
Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum stoke the show with four goals, but it was his fellow midfielder Moussa Sissoko who was singled out for praise by manager McClaren.
The Frenchman was recently quoted by The Chronicle as saying that he wants to play in the Champions League, and McClaren made a huge claim by suggesting that, if he can play like he did against Norwich, there is no reason why he can't do that.
"Moussa showed us his strength and his power, and why he is coveted by top four teams, and why he wants to play in the Champions League. With that performance every week, there's no problem with that," he added.