Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum casts mind back to earlier in the season to warn against complacency

Wijnaldum says Newcastle United did have good results earlier on in the campaign but failed to build on them.

Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum does not appear to be getting carried with things despite the club's recent good form which has seen them climb out of the relegation zone for the time being.

The side have managed to take eight points from their last four games, and move one point clear of the relegation zone - having played a game more than both of their main rivals for survival in Sunderland and Norwich City.

However, Wijnaldum has cast his mind back to a point earlier on in the season when the side picked up a few good results in succession but surrendered any sort of momentum they had.

The midfielder is quoted in the Northern Echo, saying: “I don’t want to say that we have the momentum because we already had a few good games and failed to build on it.

“We had a spell where we had three good games and got seven points earlier in the season, and after that we lost to Everton and West Brom. We have to focus game by game and at the end we will see where we finish.

“We can’t be too happy about our form at the moment because it is about being happy at the end of the season, not now.

“Before we have fought until the end in games and we have been unlucky. Now, even if we are not always playing good, the team spirit is good and we are happier than normal. We are not too happy though."

Earlier on in the season, it seemed that Newcastle were turning a corner in terms of their results after back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in December, only for them to follow it up with a draw against Aston Villa and defeats to Everton and West Bromwich Albion signalled they had reverted to type.

The Dutchman is certainly right to warn against complacency, but there is a feeling that Newcastle do have the momentum with them as they seem revived under Rafa Benitez. The recent two home games against Swansea City and Crystal Palace have been must-wins, and they have done just that. However, picking up commendable draws against Manchester City and Liverpool when they were expected to lose are of equal importance and they keep a feel-good factor surrounding the place as a result.

Two more games remain in their season, and they have another game they ought to win against Aston Villa at the weekend - with Villa down and on such a miserable losing streak that runs into double figures. Another win going into a week where both Sunderland and Norwich play their games in hand could be huge for the club ahead of the final round of games - where Newcastle face a tough home game against Tottenham. 

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