Newcastle Winger Talks About The Benefits Of Winter Break

Matt Ritchie has been called up by the new Scottish manager Alex McLeish, and he will meet up with the squad tomorrow.

But Newcastle have an unusual friendly game to play today against Royal Antwerp – a match that’s in three 45 minute segments – before Matt will return to England.

The lads have been doing double training sessions in the sun since last Thursday, and it seems to have been a successful trip.

Matt Ritchie – benefits of winter break

This is what the 28-year-old has said about the training camp in Murcia as reported in the Chronicle:

“It’s been really good. We’ve come away for some better weather, for a good pitch and it’s been really successful,”

“You can try to put a positive spin on us having this break. We’ve got this break on the back of a good run of results.”

“We’ve got an opportunity where we can keep working, do some training out on the pitch here in Spain, play a game then have a bit of a breather and go again against Huddersfield.”

“We’re on a good run in the Premier League but we need to continue that.” 

“After beating Southampton we’ve given ourselves a little gap over the bottom three,.”

“But we want to keep winning and pick up points so hopefully safety will come with that.”

“You’ve seen throughout the season that it’s so tight. One win or one defeat changes the table so much.”

“We can only control what we can control and we need to make sure that we are prepared and ready for Huddersfield.”

“Hopefully we can get three points then.”

With the Premier League games yesterday we are now 4 points above the drop zone.

That’s after Crystal Palace had an excellent 2-0 win at Huddersfield.

Palace move up to 16th place on 30 points and Southampton are now 3rd bottom on 28 points.

West Brom are bottom on 20 points, and Stoke are in 19th place on 27 points and both clubs lost yesterday.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Mar 18, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    sing in the corner
    that warm its subarctic here in north yorkshire

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Glad to avoid this mini winter blast.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    They couldn’t have timed it better to be honest.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    I just hope the thermal shock doesn’t damage health when they get home

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Re previous about Everton. Cudnt agree more. Their pathetic collapse to the mackems when we were relegated was appalling. Thinking about it there can’t have been many worse times for nufc fans and to watch fat Sam stroll around the pitch lapping up the love from the natives….grim

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Mind u losing to them in the play offs and listening to it on radio 5 in Ireland with a crap reception too. Real pain .

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    As for Watford, memories of MccLaren telling us with his stupid smiley face how the lads were terrific and had given everything after i had seen our lot stroll around and get bullied all day by them. Again. Bit knackered this morning trying to remember who was playing for us that day and if any of the players are still here? Wijnaldum, sissoko play that day? Presume jinny contributed nothing. And that tool of a right back who later broke his hand now at Watford. Pillock. Probably not our worst player but a tool. Who was upfront. Jeez I’m getting old!

  • geordietom

    Mar 18, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    on reading the blog last night … about pardew and west brom talking things over if west brom put pardew on gardening leave … does he get an invite to jails house ? ( runs for cover pmsl )


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