The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

Star Player Talks Of His Big Ambitions At Newcastle

8:09 am, Friday, September 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Matt Ritchie has quickly become a fan favorite on Tyneside because of his terrific skills, his consistency and the fact that he dropped down a division to join Newcastle when we were in need of a player of Matt’s ability.

Matt also had experience with Bournemouth playing in the Championship and that was also important.

The 27 year-old essentially replaced Andros  Townsend who wanted to play Premier League football and it’s fair to say that so far this season we haven’t missed any of the high profile players who have left the club – Andros, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat or Moussa Sissoko.


Matt Ritchie in action at Loftus Road

Matt has talked today about his ambitions at Newcastle and why he joined the club and starts by talking of the 6-0 win at QPR on Tuesday night:

“It’s nice to have been part of history,” “Although it’s a bit of a shame not to have beaten the record, to be honest, because we went close to getting a seventh.”

“We dominated in the first half and took our chances, and then in the second half we got a real foothold in the game and controlled it throughout.”

“The experience of the game at QPR was the reason I came to Newcastle.”

“I want to have nights like that, and I want to have success and try to be part of something special at this football club.”

“I don’t want to speak too soon because it’s still early days. “But hopefully we’re building the foundations to achieve that.”

“Football changes quickly, and that was only one win,” “We need to keep our foot on the gas now and make sure we continue to get better and progress.”

“The good thing is that we have a good squad, a big squad, and there will be players who didn’t play at QPR who will be champing at the bit to get into the team.”

“Some people will say Tuesday was a bit of a statement. “But we know we have to keep fighting in every game to stay in and around the top of the league.”

“We need to follow the win up now. “We need to make St James’s Park a fortress.”

“We’ve had a couple of good victories there of late, and we need to continue that now with a couple of home games coming up.”

“Hopefully, we can perform well and, most importantly, keep clean sheets and score more goals. “That’s a good chemistry to have.”

“A lot of credit has to go to the back four.” “We scored six goals, but the most important thing was that we kept another clean sheet.”

“That’s a key thing in this league – keeping clean sheets. “With the quality we’ve got up top, we’re always going to score goals.”

“So if we continue to defend well as well, it’ll be a good combination. “The clean sheets are going to be key to our success.”

Those are good words from Matt and he seems to have been paying attention to what Raf has been saying.


It will be interesting in a year or two to see where Newcastle are under Rafa Benitez and how the careers of Townsend, Wijnaldum, Janmaat and Sissoko have fared in that time.

In fact the way things are going it will be very interesting.

It seems that Matt is at the right place at the right time as Newcastle under the very impressive Rafa Benitez are threatening to become a very good team again – and rather quickly.

We certainly hope that’s the case, but the lads need to keep playing all out in every single game including the game at home tomorrow against Wolves.

We need another 3 points in that game.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Wolves?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Management · Matt Ritchie · Newcastle News · Other News

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BenbulbenMag // Sep 16, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Looks like we’re winning in the Transfers ! 😉

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Sep 16, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Not one mention of a move to a bigger club, Churnley won’t have many finger nails left and will be hammering the Valium.

  • 3 hibbit // Sep 16, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    a clean sheet makes so much easier to win a game

    jib……what’s the longest run of clean sheets at nufc ???

  • 4 firebug666 // Sep 16, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    From previous


    On Tiote, it’s anyone guess, I suspect he is lurking in the background hiding in the shadows until January.

    His wage demands must be gigantic given all the wives he has to support, nee wonda he cannet get a job!

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Sep 16, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Excellent piece on us, they’ve heaped praise on us and reckon we’ve got two teams. I’d agree.

  • 6 BenbulbenMag // Sep 16, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Jail, definitely.

    I don’t want to lose the run of myself but I hope to see a lot more articles like this so that when we (fingers crossed) hopefully get promoted we are firmly placed on players and agents radar.

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Sep 16, 2016 at 8:31 AM
    Looks like six hibbit

  • 8 beermonkey // Sep 16, 2016 at 8:32 AM


    none of the new buys mention champions league bigger clubs
    its all about Newcastle and rafa and building something here
    makes a great change

  • 9 Ian Toon // Sep 16, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    10 different players have scored for the toon in the League since the team last conceded a goal.
    Not a lot of people know that.

  • 10 jimmysmith // Sep 16, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Joey’s in trouble again………….for being right.

  • 11 murvar // Sep 16, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Time to leave off the needless rubbishing of Charnley. One reason is that Rafa continually speaks of his good working relationship with him. Another is his success in negotiating the deals to bring in 12 players and to clinch briiliant prices for outgoing players. The third is to accept that he was learning his trade within a rotten regime whereas now, just like some rejuvenated players, he’s learning from a true football genius. Let it go please.

  • 12 murvar // Sep 16, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    I am referring to the needless rubbishing by Jail.

previous post: Newcastle Star Admits To Frustration – He’s Not Fit Enough

next post: Striker Admits To Huge Competition For Places Up Front