Matt Ritchie – This Is The Real Positive Thing At Newcastle

Matt Ritchie is the man of the moment right now at Newcastle after he has been in the best form of his career so far this season.

Couple Matt’s undoubted skills with his 100% effort in games and Rafa Benitez has acquired a top player for Newcastle and for the low price of just £12M from Bournemouth.

Matt has improved a lot under the guidance and coaching of Rafa Benitez – like a lot of other players at Newcastle – over the last year.

We should have been well ahead at the break last Saturday against Stoke, but we missed at least two clear-cut opportunities in the first half.

Matt Ritchie in action last season

And then Joselu was straight through with only the goalkeeper to beat only seconds into the second half – but couldn’t score.

But the really difficult thing in football is to create the chances – it’s easier to put them in the net.

But that’s what Newcastle have not been too good at over the last year – so that’s an area of improvement for Rafa and the players to work on.

Matt Ritchie is determined that Newcastle continue our good form of the last three games:

“After 10 or 15 minutes I was thinking we needed to get on the front foot a bit more and get up the pitch.”

“They were dropping deep and switching the play well and their two central midfielders were getting too much of the ball than what we’d hoped for in our game plan.”

“Luckily enough our fans stick by us because they know we are trying to do the right things.”

“That’s exactly what they did and it makes a big difference when the fans are behind us.”

“In the end, the performance was fantastic and showed real maturity.”

“We stayed compact and didn’t let Stoke get into the game or create chances.”

“We then grew into it and we could have led by more than one goal at half-time.”

“But the positive thing is we are creating chances.”

With the limited creativity in the side, Newcastle are doing very well to create the number of chances we are creating.

Just like last year at this time, there’s going to come a game where we convert most of our chances and that game will end up being a big win for Newcastle.

Maybe that will be at Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon in our next game?

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Thump

    Sep 18, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #1

    If we keep up the level of commitment we had in the last 3 games, I see no reason why we can’t cause more than a few upsets.

    When Merson starts predicting us to win, that’s when we’re well up the creek (and Mitro has flogged the paddle to Cash Converters for a cheeky fiver so he can get 4 cans.)

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Apparently in the summer Armstrong was training with a team called Gigante from Brazil.
    Got the video but can’t quite make out the players.

  • hibbit

    Sep 18, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #3

    lot of talk of the flying about that mackems could be about to enter administration ?????????

  • hibbit

    Sep 18, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #5

    thanks mate just read your link

  • swemag

    Sep 18, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #6

    A few games ago it felt like very few of our players were actual PL material. All of a sudden it seems every each one of them has grown two inches and now looking at the fixture list every games is like an opportunity.

    Whatever they pay Rafa is worth it. Having Steve McClaren with this set of players would have spelled disaster.

    Even Liverpool coming to St James’ in two weeks time now looks like a real possibility to make a statement for this season.

    Looking forward to Sunday and Brighton.

  • jayphoto

    Sep 18, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Interesting in the summer a lot of people wanted rid of Lascelles and expected Ritchie to drop down to be a squad player with a winger coming in (Vazquez)
    Striker situation is interesting… Gayle has looked pointless when on the field… Joselu does everything right aside from the finishing (which looks woeful) and Mitro is a bleedin idiot who spends most games standing stationary. No idea which of the 3 is a better option…
    Nice to see Perez have a decent game on Saturday.
    Also, mbemba looked like a proper left back so credit to him.
    Anyone mentioned much about Atsu yet? Looked decent in every game hes played so far
    No need to mention Merino.. enough been said, he looks world class potential

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 18, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #8


    In the last 2 games that Gayle has come on to close the game out its just brought a little bit more pressure on us as he just loses the ball I would still like to see him get a game with Joselu rather than replace him although Perez is currently playing very well

    Could Gayle play Left wing but in a more inside forward kind of role in a 433?

    Shame because at times last season he looked very clinical some of his finishes were premiership quality but he seems to get bullied even more in the premiership than in the championship

  • jayphoto

    Sep 18, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #9

    @Lee Charnley.” ” ” – Gayle played left for Palace a few times (more than not actually) Remember he got a hattrick against Liverpool playing from the left.. not sure id play him over Atsu though, hes looked excellent.
    Think Mitro might have shot himself in the foot because I reckon he’d have had a chance of starting against Stoke or Brighton as he looked a big threat against West Ham and his stupidity probably put himself back into 3rd choice.
    Lazaar said in his interview that last season rafa told him he was a premier league player not a championship player hence his non selection, got a feeling this might be how rafa sees Mitro. His form in the champions league for Anderlecht and for Serbia suggest hes actually better against better sides.
    No idea who id start but we cant have a striker missing the chances Joselu did… put pressure on the whole team when just 1 of those 3 chances converted would have killed the game

  • pablos left foot

    Sep 18, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Swemag……I think McClaren has proved he’s a disaster with any set of players. 🙂

  • Slank

    Sep 18, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #11


    Managers rarely bench their captains. It’s no surprise then with Lascelles and Benitez who appears to have the highest regard for his captain. Similarly with Ritchie who has a very positive attitude which rubs off on his team mates. He appears to combine his perpetual motion with verbal encouragement to others on the pitch.

    I have been very impressed with Joselu. He is stronger than Gayle and more mobile than Mitrovich. The fact that he got himself into three goal scoring situations is testament that he is reading the game well and anticipating what others are doing.

    Special mention must go to Perez who works really hard. Other praise must also go to Mbemba who has slotted seamlessly into the unfamiliar (to him) left back position. I was particularly pleased with Atsu and Yedlin as both provided attacking pace and width.

    I know Pardew is heavily critized by many fans but he was absolutely right about maintaining momentum which also builds confidence. Brighton will be difficult but if the team takes the belief and confidence with them to the south coast I’m sure we can expect a positive result.

  • hibbit

    Sep 18, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #12

    no doubt Joselu finishing was poor on saturday but overall he had a very good game got into some great positions and yes he fluffed his lines on two occasions
    we look a good side with him leading the line he makes a lot of space for others to drift into
    can we really afford to write him off after one poor game ????


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