Newcastle Star – We Must Keep Our Feet On The Ground


Matt Ritchie thinks Newcastle have done well in our last eight games when we have won seven and lost just one, but of course it was a bit of a shock when we lost the first two games fo the season.

But Rafa Benitez has managed the squad superbly so far this season and he is extremely good at giving the players confidence so they can go out and play near their best form.

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Matt Ritchie – must keep our feet on the ground

Matt Ritchie has been interviewed on nufcTV and this is some of what the former Bournemouth winger has said:

“Come on, that’s seven games out of eight that we’ve won,”

“Don’t get me wrong, we need to keep our feet on the floor and we need to keep striving to win games, get better and improve, but we’re not going to win every game in this league.”

“There’s going to be games like last Saturday when we do slip up.”

“At the start of the season, when we lost two on the bounce and everyone was panicking a little bit, I think it could have been a blessing.”

“Sometimes it’s a little kick up the bum, gives everyone that little shake-up that they need and I think Tuesday night showed that.”

“We were compact, we worked hard from the front and hopefully that can get the bit back between our teeth.”

“We’ve got a very tough game on Saturday because Villa are a good side. I know they’re not flying yet but they’ve got a good squad and some very good, talented players.”

“I’m sure they’ll be similar to us; in the first couple of games, we didn’t quite click but now everyone’s on the same page and I think Villa will be the same so they have to respected.”

“I’m really looking forward to the game (same here) because it’ll be a good one.”

“It’s a game that all the players will look forward to, all the fans will look forward to and as I say, they’re a good side.”

“I’m sure that come the end of the season, they’ll be up there fighting for promotion so it’s a big game.”

It’s been a bit of a boasting match between the two sets of fans this week as to which club is bigger (whatever that really means) and which squad is better and all that good stuff.

It really doesn’t matter – what we need to do today is simply win the game.

That does matter.

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106 comments so far

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 24, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa bingo

    Sels
    Yedlin_Lascelles_Clark_Dummett
    Hayden_Shelvey
    Ritchie_Diame_Gouffran
    Perez

    Striker spot is so difficult to choose, also have a feeling that Colback will be played instead of Hayden. But I think I’m close.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 24, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Sing

    Yes to HWTR

    Sinister as in heraldry

    And I don’t need to be Pschometrically tested to see if I am suitable to be a Toon fan, it’s genetic. 🙂

    Essex
    ‘A sinister’??
    Ever done psychometric testing? ?
    And is HWTR Howay the Rafa?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 24, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Everyone watching the Manure game or out shopping with their missus or hubby?

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 24, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Neither bill. Stuck inside lol.

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  • chicousa

    Sep 24, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #5

    confirmed rafa bingo lineup

    Sels

    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummet

    Shelvey Hayden

    Ritchie Gayle Gouf

    Mitro

    HWTL!!!

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 24, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #6

    1-0

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Ron

    I assume you mean 0-1, to us. 🙂

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #8

    JFA

    Confirmed rafa bingo lineup

    Sels

    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett

    Shelvey Hayden

    Ritchie Diame Gouffy

    Gayle

    I’d like mitro to get the nod personally but I think he’ll go with gayle for his pace on the counter.

    Hwtl
    Hwtf

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  • TyneMouth

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #9

    J f A

    Confirmation; RAFA BINGO, Arseton Villa.

    Sels.
    Yelin. Hanley. Lascelles. Dummett.
    Heyden. Shelvey.
    Ritchie. Diame. Gouffran.
    Murphy.

    VIVA BENITEZ!…

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m rooting for a Sundaland win this weekend.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Confirmed rafa bingo lineup

    ——————–Sels

    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett

    ———-Shelvey Colback

    ——Ritchie Diame Gouffy

    —————-Mitrovic

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Leicester being mauled at Man U. Mahrez and Vardy’s loyalty will be tested in January..

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  • Jib

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Essex Bill
    Wishing for a Mackem win over Pardew’s Palace.
    Don’t ask me to explain but that makes you appear a bit sad and twisted to me .

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  • JAMSHA

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #14

    GAME LIVE ON TEN 1 @ Toon Army India

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  • TyneMouth

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Slumland v Crystal Poultice.

    There’s a little bit, and I mean a very, very little bit of me, that won’t be too upset if the queer-siders nick this one…

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  • archaeomag

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #16

    @ Essex Geordie Bill
    Re; Pschometrically test
    … Pick A & B answers are you will match what they are looking for …..

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Jib

    None of us are perfect mate, we all have our little foibles.

    I don’t share some of the antipathy to our NE neighbours as some on the blog.

    But I’m most certainly not a Palace/Pardew/Townsend fan.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #18

    EGB

    Had to go out for 15 mins & missed 3 goals!

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  • Jib

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Shakes head
    Some folk actually want Sunderland to beat CP and have a chance to get out of the bottom 3 ?

    FFS

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Howay lads, it’s the makems man!
    Palace all the way. Pardew sashaying down the touch line, screamer by Townsend, I don’t care as long as SAFC get humped 🙂

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #21

    …but I’m not bitter, you understand

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  • Jib

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Essex

    This is who you will be supporting today at 1500 at stadium of plight

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/sep/09/agent-sunderland-newcastle-derby-fans-t-shirt

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Nah – nee proppa Geordie wants the SMB’s to win – ever!!!!!!

    Today for the TOON rather nervous – think we will come unstuck – hope not.
    I’ll take a draw and a win on Wednesday

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #24

    WOOHOO!!! – LINK!!!

    http://www.usagoals.me/

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  • cyprus

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Serious spanking which I didn’t predict. Leicester must reassess their goals… Ranieri said before the game they are ready to defend the title.

    Maybe, first target, 40 points. Thereafter, ok, move on.

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  • Jib

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #26

    If anyone has VLC player I can give instructions and have a good link for the match today.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #27

    No team can come back from 4-0 down!

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  • archaeomag

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #28

    4-1
    THERE YOU GO

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #29

    I dont really care who wins between Palace and Sunderland I prefer Moyes as a manager but Pardew will get himself sacked sooner rather than later regardless of todays result

    I feel bad for Sunderland tbh deserve better

    Leicester are fast on their way to returning to their place in football again as well, all is becoming right with the world again

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 24, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #30

    My shot a Rafa Bingo.

    Sels.
    Yedlin. Mbemba Lascelles. Dummett.
    Colback Shelvey
    Ritchie. Diame. Gayle
    Murphy.

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  • lesh

    Sep 24, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Sing

    In academic and literary circles a brothel’d be referred to as an anthology of prose!

    Ok, I’ve got me coat

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  • chicousa

    Sep 24, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib,
    I’ve downloaded and installed VLC. Instructions and link? Please.

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 24, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Lesh
    🙂 Blimey, took me a while to work that one out!

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  • Jib

    Sep 24, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Chicousa
    Press ctrl and “n”
    When the network page appears
    copy and paste this

    http://94.158.80.97:9000/play/ch_216_2

    in the appropriate place

    press play and it should work

    if you get the error message come back on here

    I have a cunning plan “b”

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  • Mag52

    Sep 24, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #35

    There’s a hatred of Pardew in certain quarters here which is strong enough even to override the age old dislike of Scumderland. Strange old world.

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  • chicousa

    Sep 24, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Jib
    Thanks. Will give it a go near match-time.

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  • andrew84

    Sep 24, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Mag52

    Maybe it’s something about Pardew’s character…..just thinking out loud.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 24, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Mag
    Tbf theres a lot on here who arent from the area and some who look at it the older way that would like to see both teams being treated and doing well

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 24, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #39

    There’s a love of Pardew in certain quarters here which is strong enough even to override the shitty results, constant humpings and vile behaviour.

    Strange old world 🙂

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  • andrew84

    Sep 24, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #40

    AC

    You worded that better than I ever could.

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