Newcastle boss urges Sissoko to repeat irresistible form, starting in derby at Sunderland

Magpie Moussa Sissoko gets the better of Norwich's Alexander Tettey
Magpie Moussa Sissoko gets the better of Norwich's Alexander Tettey
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Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has challenged Moussa Sissoko to play it again – after finally hitting his stride.

Sissoko had a hand in four goals in yesterday’s 6-2 demolition of Norwich City, proving unplayable at times.

“Moussa is so powerful running, with or without the ball,” said McClaren.

“We have told him to keep running. Moussa showed what he can do. He wants to be a top-four player, and he will be if he plays like that.”

McClaren was struggling himself to make sense of the game itself all after the match, with Newcastle ending their wait for a first win in blistering fashion.

He said: “We showed what we are capable of doing

“We have been calm, vocal and focused in our support for the players. It was great to see Gini (Wijnaldum) get the rewards. We rode our luck at times, defended solidly and got the breaks.”

Asked if the result was a relief, McClaren added: “Relief? Yes. But then thinking we have to prepare and do it again. The feeling is very short. Football is about momentum. You can have it the other way, which we have had. Now we want it forward.

“There’s a long way to go, and lots of work to do, but this showed the potential. We need to keep it going.”

Norwich manager Alex Neil said: “It was a bit like a basketball match – both teams were wide-open. It could have ended pretty much 8-8, but, unfortunately we didn’t score (more).

“We hit the post or whatever, and pretty much most of the opportunities Newcastle had ended up in the back of the net. For them to score six based on the game itself, you could argue it was harsh, but we have got to defend better.”