It’s not surprising that with another brace yesterday that in-form Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie is our Man of the Match in the excellent 4-0 win against Rotherham United yesterday at St. James’ Park.
Matt scored the second and fourth goals for Newcastle and with the other goals coming from Daryl Murphy and Ayoze Perez – in the end it was an easy win and our 19th league win of the season – more than any other of the 92 clubs in the English leagues.
Matt Ritchie – after scoring yesterday
Matt has been off form a little bit over the previous several games, but in the two games that Dwight Gayle has missed so far, he’s made sure that we haven’t missed our top scorer.
Matt now has 10 goals for the season and he got a good 30% of the vote.
Close behind was our American right-back DeAndre Yedlin with 25% of the vote – and after the game on Wednesday night against Birmingham he said maybe his crosses in that game could have been a little better and had more impact.
Well he was great yesterday and two of his crosses led to goals and then in the first half when goalkeeper Karl Darlow made a mistake with the score at 0-0, Yedlin made a great recovery and tackle to stop the Rotherham player from getting a shot in.
So DeAndre was good at both ends of the pitch yesterday and he’s getting better as the season progresses; we could have an excellent right back in the making at Newcastle – and for just £5M too.
And you cannot keep Jonjo Shelvey out of a top place in our poll each game – and he came in third with 22% of the vote, but his influence on Newcastle is there for all to see.
He seems delighted to be back in the fray for the team and he seems well aware the Newcastle fans think he is one of our very best players, but is willing to produce the goods in every single game for us – home or way.
Rafa Benitez is getting the very best out of his former Liverpool player and Jonjo is a much better player now than the one that signed for us a year ago.
And finally let’s hear it for Daryl Murphy, who scored the all important first goal just before half time as he got the ball from Yedlin and turned to his right and smashed the ball home with his left foot.
His experience and skill is there for all to see and he’s worth every penny we paid for him from Ipswich Town.
This lad – a 33 year-old lad – has a lot more to give to Newcastle this season – Mike Ashley – please take note.
All four players were excellent for us yesterday and it was a win we deserved on the day.