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.