Matt Ritchie was very pleased to come to Newcastle last summer, even though he had to take a step down in the leagues to join second division Newcastle United.
Mat has now scored 14 goals for us and has certainly been one of our best players and the Gosport-born player was again our Man of the March on Saturday with a sizable 74% of the vote.
There’s no doubt Matt is a very good winger who can score goals and he will only get better under the expert coaching of a certain Mr. Rafa Benitez.
Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle
Two star players this season – before Gayle got the number 9 shirt
Matt is down to earth also – one of the many reasons he is so popular with the Newcastle fans.
Matt has previous experience of playing in the Championship with Bournemouth and he knows that no game is easy and he’s expecting another tough game against Burton Albion on Wednesday night.
We have a feeling he will be right about that.
This is what Matt Ritchie has said as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“The manager brought me in to score goals and create goals.”
“And that’s what I’m doing at the moment.” “I probably should have created a few more against Wigan as my final pass wasn’t quite at it.”
“But I’m delighted with the goal, and hopefully there’ll be a few more before the end of the season.”
“At this stage of the season you just have to have the desire to get over the line,”
“It’s not always about dominating, that’s nice and pleasing to do that, but it’s about three points at this stage of the season.”
“I think that’s the stage of the season we’re at now really – if you’re playing tremendous football then you’ll get results.”
“It’s hard to do that, but I did think we played well at times. I thought in spells we had some really good movements and looked dangerous, especially when it was 2-1.”
“Then we should have killed the game off even more, and I should have scored when I was put through one on one.”
“You’ve seen throughout the season that anyone can beat anyone in this league, and you’ve got to be aware of all of the teams threats,”
“Burton certainly have threats and they’ve shown by beating Huddersfield that they can beat top teams.”
“For sure they can win.”
Newcastle are now getting closer to promotion, but we still must keep out feet firmly on the ground.
But when we are promoted we can all celebrate wildly and go crazy (great!) and players like Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle, who dropped down a division, will be fully vindicated.
The two of them have also been our best two players this term and between them have scored a massive 36 goals.
That’s a fabulous return from just two players this season and they are two of the heroes for Newcastle United.