Georginio Wijnaldum has found it difficult dealing with Newcastle United supporters' criticisms

Newcastle United supporters have been frustrated with their side's poor start to the season.

Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted to Sky Sports that he has found it difficult to deal with the criticism from Newcastle United supporters this season.

The Magpies have been in dire form throughout the campaign, and Newcastle supporters have voiced their discontent at their side’s sustained poor form on regular occasions.

Wijnaldum says that the atmosphere around St. James’ Park has been a challenge to play in, but he does say that any criticism the team have received has been fair.

"Of course it's hard, criticism is always hard to get, but a lot of the criticism, to my mind, was right because we didn't have good performances," the Dutch midfielder said.

"You can lose games, but the way we were losing games was really bad because the performance was not good and we didn't do it as a team."

Newcastle fans have grown frustrated of seeing their team struggle, as they have had little to cheer over recent years.

Steve McClaren was appointed in the summer to try and guide them away from trouble, but the team have failed to iron out many of their existing flaws and they currently sit in 18th place.

That said, Newcastle’s latest performance against Liverpool was encouraging, and there is a hope that they can build on that display.

The Magpies beat Jurgen Klopp’s side 2-0 on Sunday, and they put in one of their finest performances of the season.

The win has lifted some of the gloom around St. James’ Park, but it will be up to the team to prove that their latest victory is not just another false dawn.

Newcastle's next match comes against high-flying Tottenham Hotspur. 

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