Georginio Wijnaldum hints missing chance in Newcastle's draw with Manchester City was more frustrating than not starting

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The Dutchman did not start the game against the Citizens but had a glorious chance to win the contest.

Georginio Wijnaldum has hinted that missing a glorious chance in the final moments of Newcastle's clash with Manchester City was more frustrating than not starting the game against the Citizens, the Shields Gazette reports.

The 25-year-old was the latest victim of Rafael Benitez's brave selection policy as he was forced to watch on for 81 minutes before being brought on against Manuel Pellegrini's men.

And he was given the opportunity to be the hero as, at 1-1, he found himself just six yards from goal with just Joe Hart to beat. However, the England stopper was able to block the shot and the game ended in a draw.

And after being asked about being a substitute for the game, Wijnaldum told the Shields Gazette: "I would have been happier if I'd scored a goal.

"I had the opportunity to score and I didn't, so I'm disappointed about that.

"It's about the team keeping going now though, and getting the points we need."

While the Dutchman's late miss saw the game end somewhat negatively for Benitez's men, the performance was hugely encouraging and suggested that the Magpies have the fight - and perhaps more importantly, the quality - in them to drag themselves to safety in the Premier League.

Four points from their last two games leaves them two points adrift of Norwich, who sit just above the drop zone. But while those last two games have brought Newcastle back into contention for survival, Wijnaldum will know that converting his chance against City would have moved them out of the bottom three, and given them even more belief.

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