Newcastle have lost the first two games in the Championship and if any of our players or fans thought it was going to be a cake-walk this season they will know now it isn’t going to be like that, which is a pity but the reality.
It doesn’t mean we still cannot do really well this season, but we also must not overact too much, but in truth we still couldn’t believe we lost to Huddersfield of all teams, although they played very well and defended well when they had to.
That’s not something Newcastle do well yet – and the defense is an area we must improve now that we have new defenders in the club.
Matt Ritchie in action yesterday against the Terriers
Matt Ritchie was our Man of the Match once again with 50% of the vote and the 26 year-old winger had this to say on the Newcastle web-site after the game when reminded our next game is at home on Wednesday night to Reading:
“That’s the good thing about the Championship – games come in quick succession, and you can put your losses right.”
“It wasn’t the result we were looking for, but there’s a lot to work on and there’s a lot to analyse, and we’ll go again on Wednesday.”
“It’s not the start we intended, but we’ll work hard.”
“I think it could be a blessing in disguise – we could look back on these two games and think they really made us.”
“That’s because we’ve got the bit between our teeth and we need to make sure that we really do continue to work hard, continue to get better and build relationships on the pitch.”
“I think we’ll be OK.”
“Obviously it’s been a tough start, but we’ve got another game on Wednesday, we’ll go again, we’ll work hard and we look forward to it.”
“There’s new players, a new team, and we need to make sure that we stick together with the fans.” “I just don’t think there’s any reason to panic.”
“We’re a new team, we’ve got probably seven or eight new players in the door in the summer, so we just to relax, and we will get better, we will get stronger and we will start winning games.”
“It’s what we need (talking about the terrific Gallowgate Flags display before the game).”
“We need the fans behind us, and we need the fans to stay onside.”
“I understand it’s frustrating for them, but we will start winning games, I’m sure.” “They’re a good team, but I look forward to the game.”
Those are good words and some good points from the talented 26 year-old Scottish Intentional winger.
Results should improve once some things have been sorted out on the pitch and the lads get more playing time together in the Championship games – but we have to start picking up the points fairly soon too.
A win on Wednesday night against Reading would do wonders for the spirits on Tyneside for both players and fans alike.
Howay The Lads!!