Newcastle Star – Positive Vibes Around The Place – But We Must Get Better

Matt Ritchie was our Man of the Match again last Saturday for another brilliant performance in the famous black and white shirt of Newcastle.

He made both goals, and his crosses were a constant menace to the Stoke rearguard during the game.

And this lad is fast becoming a star in the Premier League.

For just £12M from Bournemouth last summer we wonder how much he would bring in the transfer market now.

But of course, Rafa will not sell one of his very best players who seems to be getting better all the time.

Newcastle are in 4th position in the Premier League after the weekend games and a win at Brighton next Sunday afternoon will keep us in the top four.

The game is being televised live around the world.

Matt Ritchie – we must get better

Matt is realistic, and he knows Newcastle must keep fighting hard for the wins, and it’s also time to make new memories for our faithful Newcastle fans.

We have to be able to talk about things other than that famous win over Barcelona a long time ago.

This is what Matt has said as reported in the Chronicle today:

“It’s time to make new memories.”

“You are as only as good as your last game and we are as good as we played in the Premier League on Saturday.”

“We will build on that for the minute and there is a positive vibe around the place.”

“We need to keep that and the only way we do that is through grit, determination, and hard work.”

“If you take your foot off the gas you will soon start getting beat and dropping points.”

“We need to make sure that we keep getting better and when you are doing well it’s the time to stay focused and continue to work hard.”

“That is the message the manager will give for sure and likewise all the players.”

“The assists are helping the team and that’s fantastic, and I am really delighted but the team performance is really good.”

“It wasn’t quite the same as the West Ham game where we could get on top straight away and take control.”

“Stoke were very good in the opening 15 minutes and made us be patient in the way we wanted to play.”

“We showed real patience and maturity in the first 20 minutes or so, because we didn’t go and press when it wasn’t on to do that.”

“We wanted to get the fans behind us early in the game by getting an early goal.”  “But it didn’t work out that way.”

“So it was a fantastic performance to battle and I was really delighted with the result.”

Matt is an excellent example of the players Rafa is bringing into the club these days.

Good players who are dedicated to the Newcastle cause and willing to work their socks off both in training and during the games.

There cannot be too much wrong with that.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Good Morning Ed, hope you’re well.

    On to football, Ritchie is class. What a bargain buy he was. World Class grafter on the pitch. Busts a nut to get the ball back, get into space and has good vision, decent pace, strength, technique, vision and a marvelous character and professional. An all round complete player.

    The team follow by the example he sets on the pitch and if we sign a striker and perhaps another player in his mould we will be rocking.

    We have a great togetherness in the squad now and long may it continue.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Pablo, bang on mate. Like you say, that bench on Saturday was about as strong as it has been for a long time. With Lejeune ready to step into the back four, Shelvey into midfield and Gayle up front, we had excellent cover right through the team.
    Said all along we’re in for an exciting season as fans and nothing that’s happening is changing that view.
    The match going fans can sense it too. When Stoke equalised all we did was ratchet the noise up even higher. Maybe that didn’t come across on the TV, but that’s inconsequential for the players who most certainly heard it and responded in kind..
    We scored the offside goal pretty quickly, which bumped it up even further and not long afterwards took the lead again.
    Been a long time since I’ve felt the club this united and pulling together. In the last few seasons we might have thought the worst, which definitely feeds into the players and vice versa. Instead we just got behind them even more and they responded.

  • pablos left foot

    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Aye, the noise levels were atomic, except for the visitors, who were positively comatose, apart from 2 minutes after they scored, then they went into a coma again. I thought the sky was going to come down after that stone wall penalty. Good times.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    JP, Rafa certainly has an eye for quality players marra. 🙂 When you look at most of his buys – nobody gets it right all the time obviously – he knew exactly what he wanted and the price didn’t matter. Ten million might be viewed as peanuts now, but players he’s brought in at around about that price have been the difference for us.
    Ritchie, Lejeune, Clark, Merino and Gayle are fine examples. Whether Gayle can step up is irrelevant now, he did exactly what he wanted last season. Now it’s up to Gayle to prove he can. No coincidence Rafa was prepared to unload him if another player he wanted became available at the right price.
    I think the lack of big egos is the most decisive factor in the side though. No Billy Big Boots flouncing around. 🙂 The rest would crucify them ha ha!! Just a real feeling of togetherness throughout the squad and anybody upsetting the applecart – like Colback did – their feet don’t touch the ground. They’re out of the squad.


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