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Newcastle Star – We Must Keep Our Feet On The Ground

12:36 pm, Saturday, September 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 106 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Championship · Coaching · Matt Ritchie · Newcastle News · nufcTV · Press




106 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 24, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    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 Iโ€™m close.

  • 2 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Essex
    โ€˜A sinisterโ€™??
    Ever done psychometric testing? ?
    And is HWTR Howay the Rafa?

  • 3 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 12:50 PM

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

  • 4 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 24, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Neither bill. Stuck inside lol.

  • 5 chicousa // Sep 24, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    confirmed rafa bingo lineup

    Sels

    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummet

    Shelvey Hayden

    Ritchie Gayle Gouf

    Mitro

    HWTL!!!

  • 6 Ron Knee // Sep 24, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    1-0

  • 7 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Ron

    I assume you mean 0-1, to us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 8 Average_Contents // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    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

  • 9 TyneMouth // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    J f A

    Confirmation; RAFA BINGO, Arseton Villa.

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

    VIVA BENITEZ!…

  • 10 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    I’m rooting for a Sundaland win this weekend.

  • 11 ShirebrookToon // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Confirmed rafa bingo lineup

    ——————–Sels

    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett

    ———-Shelvey Colback

    ——Ritchie Diame Gouffy

    —————-Mitrovic

  • 12 sing in the corner // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:16 PM

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

  • 13 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    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 .

  • 14 JAMSHA // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    GAME LIVE ON TEN 1 @ Toon Army India

  • 15 TyneMouth // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    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…

  • 16 archaeomag // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:25 PM

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

  • 17 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    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.

  • 18 Ron Knee // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    EGB

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

  • 19 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:28 PM

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

    FFS

  • 20 sing in the corner // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 21 sing in the corner // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    …but I’m not bitter, you understand

  • 22 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    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

  • 23 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    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

  • 24 Lindisfarne // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    WOOHOO!!! – LINK!!!

    http://www.usagoals.me/

  • 25 cyprus // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    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.

  • 26 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:43 PM

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

  • 27 Ron Knee // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    No team can come back from 4-0 down!

  • 28 archaeomag // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    4-1
    THERE YOU GO

  • 29 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    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

  • 30 Mister Tuff // Sep 24, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    My shot a Rafa Bingo.

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

  • 31 lesh // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Sing

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

    Ok, I’ve got me coat

  • 32 chicousa // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:08 PM

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

  • 33 sing in the corner // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Lesh
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Blimey, took me a while to work that one out!

  • 34 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    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”

  • 35 Mag52 // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    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.

  • 36 chicousa // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:26 PM

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

  • 37 andrew84 // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Mag52

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

  • 38 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    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

  • 39 Average_Contents // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Thereโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 40 andrew84 // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    AC

    You worded that better than I ever could.

  • 41 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    I’ve just realised
    Chicousa is hispaspeak for
    American boy

  • 42 Average_Contents // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Andrew

    There’s no substitute for the truth mate ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 43 toons4eva // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Hey toon fans…I am an Indian toon been supporting Newcastle for better part of a decade and have been reading the blog ever since it started.and this being my first post as I felt this was the perfect time to post.I have been made fun of,embarrassed,belittled in front of other fans (plastic fans I should say) but I never gave up hope that one day we would go the right way and I ever since I saw st James park for the first time on tv,I felt an instant connection,a sense of belonging there,the passion running through the fans just swept me away and since then I am hooked onto Newcastle.Benitez will take us up,patience is needed,support our club through thick and thin..That’s what Geordie s do and will keep on doing…bleeding black n white…HWTL….

  • 44 andrew84 // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Welcome to the blog Toons4eva. Nice to see you staying loyal in the face of plastic adversity.

  • 45 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Jib
    I knew about the T shirt thing, but you get sh!te supporters with all clubs, frankly I’d like to see all of the NE league clubs in the premier league including non league Gateshead.

    To compound my apparent blasphemy I actually have Sunderland (proper spelling) supporting friends.

    I still want us to give them a good thrashing when we get back to the EPL and hope they’ll still be there so we can.

    OK I’ll go and put my hair shirt on now.

    Ron I thought you were predicting tonight’s score.

    Leicester did manage to win the second half and could have scored more than they did.

  • 46 andrew84 // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Jib

    You mean you’ve just been on Google again :p

  • 47 Ron Knee // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    EGB

    0-1 would do me!

  • 48 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Essex
    Not a popular view but its one I share mate, Ive said before Id happily see Sunderland finish second as long as we finished first

    On the dumb fans thing was it not our lot who battered our city and there was that whole horse incident

  • 49 chicousa // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Jib
    …or it might be a location ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 50 andrew84 // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    WWSBRD

    You may be right about the battering the city thing (even though that was 20 years ago to be fair), but the ‘horse thing’ was one bloke. As embarrassing as it was, you can’t tar the entire fanbase of a club on account of a minority.

  • 51 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    andrew84
    I was on about the same day mate 1 bloke punches a horse plenty others went out into Newcastle and made a mess of the city

    I wasnt trying to tar the entire fan base mate haha just pointing out that all fan bases have idiots and thats the example that sprang to mind

  • 52 outside the box // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    jail
    confirmed rafa bingo
    sells
    yedlin mbemba lascells dummett
    shelvey colback
    ritchie diamme gouffran
    gayle…

  • 53 andrew84 // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Fair enough WWSBRD, I was probably taking your comment out of context there. Good points well made.

  • 54 MadisonToon // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo lineup

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    . Yedlin . Lascelles . Mbemba . Clark .
    . . . . . . . . Shelvey . . Hayden . . . . . . . .
    . Ritchie . . . . . Gayle . . . . Gouffran . .
    . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitrovic . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Hoping we see Atsu and Lazaar as subs along with Murphy.

  • 55 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Archeomag

    Psychometric testing is normally used to assess a person aptitude and suitability for particular jobs.

    In this instance in response to Sings comment I took it to mean my suitability to be a Toon supporter.

    I was born a Toon supporter and will die as one despite the vicissitudes and despair I’ve gone through as one.

  • 56 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    andrew
    Easily done mate no bother

  • 57 toons4eva // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Thanks Andrew…my dream is to visit st James in the near future…I am a marine engineer so I have been able to visit London all the stadiums and been to st Mary’s at Southampton…I do come to UK once in two months as my ship calls at Southampton….onwards and upwards…

  • 58 andrew84 // Sep 24, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Toons4eva

    I’m sure you’ll be able to visit St James soon enough.

    You should have done your marine engineering qualification in the north east, South Tyneside College is one of the world’s top marine colleges. You could have been a St James’ regular by now ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 59 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    WWSBRD

    Thanks for the support, appreciated.
    I reckon a lot of people have a knee jerk reaction to things sometimes and just go along with the crowd,

    To repeat an earlier quote by someone:-

    ‘Wishing for a Mackem win over Pardewโ€™s Palace.
    Donโ€™t ask me to explain but that makes you appear a bit sad and twisted to me .’

    That sort of attitude makes me sad, still it takes all sorts!!

  • 60 Ron Knee // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Well, that didn’t take long!

  • 61 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Essex
    No bother mate though i doubt my opinion adds much weight haha
    I dont really get the deep rooted rivalry thing, not that long ago people used to watch both Sunderland and Newcastle

    Yeah I must be sad and twisted too then because I just dont really have that much against Sunderland other than geography. As I said I feel more sorry for them than anything else, theyve been run into the ground (as badly as us if not more so)

  • 62 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Andrew84

    A friend of mine trained there way back in the lat fifties early sixties.

    We used to play football in the street using neighbours doors as goals, doubt if kids could do it now as the street is full of cars.

  • 63 Ron Knee // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    1-1!

  • 64 Mister Tuff // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    do not want King Percy to win today would like to see the Mackems win – but somehow I doubt they can do it.
    I’m a “proppa Geordie” – it is the only time I would like to see them win – shafting King Percy would be great and never having to watch the King Percy Dance ever again.
    I suspect a few on here have secretly copied his dance routine. (Jib/Ian Toon/Munster/Mag52 – to name a few).
    “Get down and do dem funky moves”.

  • 65 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Team news should be up soon, unless speculation is completely wrong I expect around 7 correct.

  • 66 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Shit
    What a dick I am !
    The Windy City ffs

  • 67 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Boro getting a bit of a smacking

  • 68 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Mister Tuff

    LOL, ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 69 Mister Tuff // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Jib Jibberish – (blog pest) – if you have to post – submit something fresh and newsworthy not stuff we already know.

  • 70 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    crossword clue
    Take silver out of the windy city and get a spanish boy
    ๐Ÿ˜€

  • 71 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Isnt there a city in America called Chico?

  • 72 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Sorry Sir Tuff
    I will try and follow your excellent example

  • 73 Ron Knee // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Araucaria would have had nothing to worry about, Jeff.

  • 74 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    http://www.chico.ca.us/

  • 75 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Here we go

    Chico is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. The population was 86,187 As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 86,187, reflecting an increase of 26,233 from the 59,954 counted in the 2000 Census. Wikipedia

    Chico USA hence Chicousa

    Simples

  • 76 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    See am not just a pretty face

  • 77 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Oops, sorry Jib, not trying to usurp your blog role.

  • 78 Mister Tuff // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Jib Jibberish you clearly need to study the periodic table to learn what all the element symbols are.
    Silver = Ag

  • 79 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Good job I didn’t miss spell blog role. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 80 BandB // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Though you did misspell misspell…….

  • 81 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    I know but it was deliberate as it happens, who wants to be perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 82 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Essex
    You didn’t usurp my role
    I was 3 minutes before you.
    Shouldn’t you be watching your team chanting
    “C’mon you black cats”

  • 83 chicousa // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    US Census data shows Toon fans infiltrating NorCal! HWTL / HWTF

  • 84 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Jib
    U chanting for the Eagles then?

  • 85 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    WWSBRD
    I only chant fer the Mags.
    But I’d love the red and white shite to be relegated.

  • 86 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Hey Chico has Durham about 7 miles south
    How’s that for a coincidence !

  • 87 chicousa // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    look a bit further south, a few miles northeast of Sacramento and you will find….drum roll….Newcastle, CA!!! Howay!!!

  • 88 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Sorry Jib, I don’t get it, aren’t Newcastle known as The Magpies.

    And yes I realise that you put your link in before me hence the apology. I do not want to upset you, ever!

  • 89 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Jib
    If u say so squire

  • 90 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Chico – you a 49ers fan ?

  • 91 andrew84 // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    EGB

    Apologies for the late reply to your comment – the streets around the college are indeed full of cars these days, there’s always the park across the road though, if you ignore the druggies and charvs ๐Ÿ˜€

  • 92 chicousa // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Jib,
    Aye, guilty!

  • 93 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Also did you know that cats kill 55.000.000 wild birds each year there’s another reason not to be associated with ebon felines.

  • 94 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    No team news yet?

  • 95 Jib // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    In the UK when we were introduced to gridiron by Channel 4 – Joe Cool was THE man

  • 96 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Defoe scoring again! Probably the best signing the Mackems have ever made ! The only way they will win games is if he scores !

    He never seems to have droughts which is lucky for them

  • 97 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Essex
    10 minutes mate

  • 98 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Must be time for another thread soon.

    The good thing about new threads is that all the angst, insults, backbiting, jibes and other bad stuff is put behind us and forgotten.

    We all have a clean sheet to think of the good stuff……… don’t we!!

  • 99 chicousa // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Yep, Montana was/is to the niners what Shearer was/is to Mags.

  • 100 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    1 bleeding pick off AGAIN fml

  • 101 firebug666 // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    NUFC Index ?@NUFC_Index now7 seconds ago
    Team v Villa: Sels; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Gouffran; Diame, Gayle #nufc

  • 102 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Am sure theres a winner this time though

  • 103 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    firebug
    U got it spot on didnt u?

  • 104 firebug666 // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Well this is my first 5 points.

    firebug666 // Sep 22, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Ok Jail 5 points this time ??

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo Lineup

    Sels

    Yedlin, Lascelles. Clark, Dummet

    Shelvey, Hayden

    Richie, Diame, Gouffran

    Gayle

  • 105 firebug666 // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    WWSBRD

    Aye but perhaps more by good luck than good management marra.

    Still I’ll take the points. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • 106 TyneMouth // Sep 24, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    There appears to be a surprisingly large number of apologists for Alan ‘Judas’ Pardew on this blog.
    This was a spineless, deceitful chancer, who betrayed the supporters.
    Shameless, opportunistic and eventual deserter.
    There are those with such short memory’s.




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