Rafa Benitez Praises Newcastle’s Contagious Goalscorer

Since Dwight Gayle has been out injured Matt Ritchie seems to have taken up the slack in the goalscoring duties and has scored four goals for us in the last two games.

Matt’s scored two in each of the wins against Birmingham in the FA Cup 3rd round replay (3-1) and yesterday against Rotherham United in the Championship(4-0).

So we have managed four goals and conceded only one and yesterday would have pleased Rafa with our first clean sheet in eight games.

Matt Ritchie in good form against the Millers

In the last seven games in all competitions we have conceded one goal each time so it’s nice to get a clean sheet.

Rafa didn’t like the way Newcastle played in the first half yesterday, but he was much happier with the second half as newcatsle put the game to bed – so to speak.

We scored three goals – two from Matt and one from Ayoze Perez after Daryl Murphy had put Newcastle ahead just before the break with a nice turn and left foot shot – this man is a good player for us.

This is what Rafa said after the game about former Bournemouth winger, as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“We knew that we were signing a good player in Ritchie.”

“The way he approaches every game, he gives the others some confidence, and that is contagious.”

“He is someone that, because he puts in so much in his game, the others have to follow him and that’s positive for the team.”

Matt Ritchie now has 10 goals for us this season and he’s scoring goals at just the right time at the moment.

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15 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 22, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Watching MOTD rerun..
    What a shower safc are. Laughing stock of the PL.
    Moyes is trying to get sacked.
    ‘One road out sunderland’ comment last week..’our fans leave early when we’re winning..’
    And in interviews he is perfecting SMc’s inane grin now too, when they lose yet again..
    🙂 get down the filth.
    And if you stay up by some miracle.? Revenge time at last next year?
    Win win.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 22, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Great overall team performance. Very glad to see the scoreline and that Murphy grabbed another.

    To me a (50/50) compromise on Townsend would be to give them back (half) the money they have already payed.

    I hope Atsu can go all the way to the final.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 22, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Singinthecorner (previous post) the unwashed might be talking about Hodgson to take over from Moyes but they also think they can attract Viera to come over from the USA . How unoriginal – we considered him ages ago. They’re also after Robbie Keane (36) as a free agent to replace Defoe ( so they get some money off West Ham or even Palace )

    Makes our transfer policy look quite thoughtful.

    underland could bring in Robbie Keane and Joleon Lescott – who have a combined ages of 70. Keane, 36, is a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy and is expected to begin talks next week, while Lescott, 34, has been training with the Wearsiders after leaving AEK Athens. (Express)

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #4

    I was watching Foitball Focus yesterday and they were asking could Man U win the league, Jimmy Floyd rightly pointed out that it was probably too much being four wins behind Chelsea when Schwarzeer piped in with “Well hey, Leicester won the league last year”. What on earth has that got to do with Chelsea going on to lose four more games while Man U win all theirs. Is every unlikely situation from now on going to be “well Leicester won the league”

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 22, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Ha ha, dads army.
    And Viera? Not sure that’s gonna happen.
    Maybe Pards?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Yes Moyes has got that inane grinning down to a tee.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #7

    There is no saving them this time and Moyes knows it.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Good to see the Korean lad who came over to the match get such a warm welcome and a great result. He looked well pleased.

  • one fine day

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #9

    sing …
    sing in the corner // Jan 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Ta very much for the Sidney Opera house clips tip the other day. Superb intimate gig, loved the crown all around in an amphitheatre-like vibe. Shared Squire’s epic solo on Facebook with much appreciation!

    no probs pleased you enjoyed it.
    as annoying as the “lets film everything on phones” crowd are.. they do have their uses .
    squire was simply amazing and yes the small soze did serve to make it very special .
    they even sold out the seats behind the drum set which would give a very different perspective.
    Enjoy wembley mate

  • one fine day

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Sing in the corner @ 1
    Agent Moyes is doing a fantastic job in my book.
    without the 6 points we give them for the last few seasons they are knackered

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #11

    ….and things don’t get any easier when you come down a level, as Steve Bruce can testify:


  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Saw Jameriqui or however you spell him about fifteen years ago in the grounds of the Opera house, brilliant concert.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Oxford Utd also scored four.

  • Jib

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m watching a full replay of yesterdays game on German tv.

    We really weren’t that bad in the first half.

    In the 21st minute their goalie (ODonnell) gets an injury – so both sidea take on water.

    Both managers take the opportunity to talk to their players.

    Paul Warne their manager seems to be having a heated debate with his players whereas when Rafa speaks all our players shut up and listen with occasional nods of heads

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Re “Ashley getting involved again” is it possible the club have leaked fake news to try to drive down transfer fees as we are seen as a cash cow when Rafa has overall control. They all know we have loads of money and this inflates fees but if they think Rafa is restricted it could limit them. We have certainly been very astute in the market of late; as well as the good buys Ritchie, Gayle etc we have made good money on Wyjnaldum and Sissoko etc. so lots of good work being done!
    Long may it continue and what’s the latest on the Everton midfielder whatsisname?


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