Matt Ritchie is one of Newcastle’s best players and when he a little off form it can tell on the results at Newcastle.
Matt hasn’t been at his best lately, but on Tuesday he was back to his top form and set up both of Newcastle’s goals.
His second assist came from his free-kick which we thought was expertly placed so it either went straight in our could get a deflection.
It got the latter, and our players celebrated a great comeback from being 2-0 down to get a vital point.
In fact, that point moves us up two places to 12th place in the league table – and that’s after we have a single point from the last 15 played for.
Matt Ritchie – had a good game on Tuesday night
We now need to get some wins by the end of this year.
Rafa Benitez doesn’t seem to be too worried about Matt who is a top-class professional at Newcastle and works his socks off on the field in games and in training.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“I think with him we have a player that will give everything every game.”
“As I’ve said before, some players can play bad or well, but it’s not the main thing. It’s that they try and try to do well and try to improve if they make mistakes.”
“Ritchie’s someone that wants to improve, and I’m happy with that.”
“He did really well for us – he has been doing really well for us – but if he has one bad game, two bad games or three bad games, it doesn’t matter.”
“You have to improve, you have to change things, and that’s it. He’s a worker, so he’s working every day and he has to manage different situations in different ways.”
“He has to just keep going. We will keep coaching him properly, but I’m happy with his commitment.”
Matt broke his wrist in the 3-0 defeat against Watford, so he is wearing a cast on his right arm.
We’ll do well to get anything out of our trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday – but it’s possible.