Matt Ritchie picked up his 5th yellow card at Preston last week and will now miss the game tomorrow against Cardiff City at home and it seems he’s not too happy about that.
Matt believes a couple of his cautions were “silly”, but in any case he’s picked up five on the season and he has to sit out tomorrow’s game where it is expected that 24 year-old Ghanaian International Christian Atsu will get a start.
Matt Ritchie in action against Preston
Matt has proved to be a great buy by Rafa Benitez in the summer ostensibly to replace the departed Andros Townsend, who now seems to be struggling at Crystal Palace under Alan Pardew.
With his enthusiastic approach to the game Ritchie has quickly become a big favorite of the Newcastle crowd and he has talked today about his disappointment at missing the game tomorrow against Cardiff:
“I’m still fuming, to be honest. A couple of my yellow cards have been silly.”
“I didn’t think the one on Saturday was a yellow card, sometimes they’re given, sometimes they are not.”
“But I’m sure the lads will put in a good performance.”
“We’ve worked hard this week. It’s a massive game and we need to make sure we continue the run that we’re on.”
“As long as the mentality stays the same, I think we’ll be fine.”
“I kick every ball, to be honest. When I watch games at home, I struggle to watch as I want to play.”
“I’m not the best spectator.”
“But when I was ill the other week, I came and watched the Brentford game.” “I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
“We got two early goals, and I sat back in my seat and enjoyed the rest.”
“I’m disappointed not to be involved, but I’m sure the lads will be raring to go and organised as ever. Hopefully, we’ll get the job done.”
Ritchie’s experience helped carve out a 2-1 win at Preston to keep Newcastle’s promotion bid firmly on track.
Matt has 3 goals for us this season and is in the Scotland squad along with Grant Hanley for the upcoming World Cup qualifying game against England at Wembley next Friday, which is Remembrance Day.