Newcasle Back On Top With Second Ritchie Brace In Four Days


Matt Ritchie has scored four goals in four days for Newcastle to take his total for the season to 10 goals and that’s now half of what top goalscorer Dwight Gayle has in the league this season.

And we easily won the game this afternoon by 4-0 against bottom the league side Rotherham United.

Derby beat Reading 2-1 but Fulham could only draw 1-1 at QPR, with Huddersfield winning 2-0 at home to Ipswich in some of the other games.

Matt Ritchie after scoring his second goal today

3rd placed Leeds United are at Barnsley in the late game this afternoon.

Here’s how the top of the table looks with Newcastle back on top above Brighton.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

Here’s the updated goalscorers list at the club with Matt now on 10 goals.

PlayerLeagueCupsTotal
Dwight Gayle23023
Mat Ritchie12416
Ayoze Perez8412
Yoan Gouffran527
Aleksandar Mitrovic426
Mo Diame336
Daryl Murphy516
Jonjo Shelvey505
Christian Atsu505
Ciaran Clark213
Jamaal Lascelles303
Isaac Hayden202
Grant Hanley101
Chancel Mbemba101
DeAndre Yedlin101

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12 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Interesting facts for Ashley and Carr:

    Three goals today from two players signed as over 25 year olds!

    Now if Ashley’s preferred model had been the way, would we have been where we are today?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t grumble about yedlin and Ritchie but at least two passes made goals that we wouldn’t have got without shelvey. Just saying.

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  • booboo

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #3

    darlow he is developing more and more it all started with palace at home last season penalty save from cabaye great goal keeper in the making keep it up son !!! he deserves some praise HWTL

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  • toon kk

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #4

    lesh
    Good point. Ashley should take note it’s his regime that got us relegated in the first place.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Anybody find it interesting that Hail complains every week about Newcastle fans not cheering the team on enough, if the side isn’t ahead within 30 minutes, Yet:

    “Hail Wor Ashley // Aug 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Stop with all this it’ll come good nonsense ffs! Haven’t you learnt anything?

    That’s precisely what got us into a state last season.

    Urgency needed! When we stopped with the softly softly approach back end of last season, because it was now or never and reality couldn’t be ignored, we went on a little run towards the end. They rose to the challenge.

    We need to challenge them and call them out. Patience has been tried to death at this club and it never works!

    Get on their backs early, it’ll either make or break them. Can’t handle, ask for a move so we can get somebody that can. Though that’s another argument, because aside from Ritchie, Diame and possibly Hanley, I wouldn’t have bought any of the others. Recruitment has been poor.

    It’s up to us to do it because the dressing room is sorely lacking in those no nonsense types. Lascelles would be a good vice-captain under a more experienced head. He acts the part, but the pressure is clearly getting to him now he has been formally given the leadership role.

    Soothsayers – OUT!!”

    That folks, is what you call a hypocrite.

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  • JackBall

    Jan 21, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #6

    It really is always Shelvey. He allows the spacing so that the wide players can excel. Leaving him out of the voting, I think Ritchie deserves it, and not just because of his two goals. Yeldin was very good too (2 assists), but Richie seemed to be everywhere. Even played well on the left side with a few nice crosses. Can this be a prelude to Townsend on the right?

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #7

    “Newcasle Back On Top With Second Ritchie Brace In Four Days”

    Not Newcatsle? Suspicious.

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  • JackBall

    Jan 21, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Also, I have to stop watching and rooting for those nearest to us to loose. Leeds already up and look the better.

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  • booboo

    Jan 21, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #9

    lesh

    you dont win with yougsters ehh

    when it comes to ashley it is all about value think he see the players as checks one bigger than the other….
    but i dont got nothin against finding talents and we all know graham finding gems now and then . and i do think that benitez will get more out of players than previous managers. so it might work and benitez himself said he likes to develop young players we just got to balance the scales as it work best

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 21, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Excellent performance from the players today.

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  • martoon

    Jan 21, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Just back in from the match. I thought it was going to be one of those games where we struggle against lower league teams until the end of the first half. We dominated after the second goal but I have to say Rotherham we very poor and low on confidence. Most teams would have scored afters Darlows’s error but he did well to atone for his error.
    My MotM would be Murphy – he lead the line well, won loads of headers and flick-ons and of course scored the first goal.

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  • Owldman

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Cant argue with Yeldin MOM but what about Perez worked his socks of Shelvey very poor first half probably why we were poor , but I think to vote Shelvey second is an injustice to Ritchie & Perez.

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