Newcastle United may not have deserved to lose so convincingly to north east rivals Sunderland, but the team needs to move on from that result quickly.
That is the warning issued by midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum in The Chronicle ahead of this weekend’s clash with Stoke City.
The Magpies are deep in the relegation mire at present and the Dutchman is keen that, while some positives are taken from their 3-0 defeat to the Black Cats, they move on from the result and instead focus on the bigger picture of the Premier League.
“We were playing good and creating chances, they [Sunderland] weren’t making them, they got the penalty and they scored. I think after that they had three chances and scored two, and won the game,” he told The Chronicle.
Despite his pro-Newcastle assessment of the game, however, Wijnaldum was keen to stress that the result was very much in the past and something they could not change.
“We have lost the derby, that’s the situation. We have to deal with it now,” he said.
“You can say anything you want in the media. We have to do it on the field now. We must react with good results and nothing else.”
The Magpies will be hoping to do exactly that when they entertain Stoke at St James’ Park this week.
Mark Hughes’ team will be looking to bounce back from a surprise 2-0 home defeat to Watford which ended a run of three straight Premier League victories for the Potters.
Newcastle are in relatively good form at home, however, having drawn 2-2 with Chelsea and beaten Norwich 6-2 in their last game on Tyneside.
The Toon are unbeaten in their last four games against Stoke at St James’ Park too, winning three and drawing one.
But like Wijnaldum says, it’s time for Newcastle to let their football do the talking.