Mark Lawrenson on what was 'weird' about Newcastle United's win over Norwich City

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The Magpies ran out 6-2 winners against the Canaries yesterday.

Mark Lawrenson has suggested that Newcastle United summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum was not heavily involved in yesterday’s win over Norwich – despite his four goal haul.

The Dutchman was at his clinical best as he helped the Magpies to a welcome first win of the season, but Lawrenson feels Moussa Sissoko was the star of the show.

“It was really strange in many ways that Wijnaldum has scored the four goals in that game when quite honestly – this is going to sound nuts – he wasn’t in the game that much,” he said on Match of the Day 2 (aired on BBC One at 22:30pm last night).

“We’re looking at the game going ‘Sissoko this, Sissoko that’ and all of a sudden Wijnaldum has got four goals.”

Sissoko was indeed an instrumental figure in Newcastle’s 6-2 triumph but Wijnaldum’s drive and attacking instincts were responsible for his goal tally.

The 24-year old became the first Magpies player to notch four in a game since club legend Alan Shearer and his performance has brought renewed optimism to the Toon Army.

Steve McClaren’s men had threatened to produce a performance like that in recent weeks and yesterday’s triumph at St James Park was when it all came together.

Wastefulness in front of goal was replaced by a real killer instinct across the team and goals for Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic will have done no harm to the squad’s confidence.

Sunderland are up next and given their disappointing display against West Brom and Newcastle’s contrasting form against Norwich – Sunday could be the day the Magpies put an end to their dismal run against their most bitter rivals.

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