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.