Newcastle Star On What’s Been The Biggest Test This Season

Matt Ritchie joined us in the summer of 2016 and was the first to leave a Premier League club (Bournemouth) to join second division Newcastle.

He was joined by Dwight Gayle who joined us from Crystal Palace.

While we were hot favorites for instant promotion you never know in football, so he took a risk by joining Newcastle.

Some players with us when we were relegated didn’t want to take the risk or play in the second division.

We had Georginio Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat, Andros Townsend and Moussa Sissoko leave the club to join Premier League clubs.

Matt Ritchie – we have had to change our mentality when we’ve lost

Matt has been an excellent buy for us, and he epitomizes the Geordie spirit and is well liked by the fans.

We are now just 5 points from our target of 40 points this season.

Matt has been interviewed in the Shields Gazette today and talks about the last two years:

“Outside the top six, I think there are four or five clubs you look at and think they’ve got too much to go down, but for the rest, it’s a fight,”

“You have to win the fight before you start to play.” “I think the Southampton game was a good team performance.”

“We pressed, we were energetic and we sort of won the battle and then in the latter stages of the game you saw that we could play as well.”

“It’s a tough, tough league, as everyone knows. It’s the best league in the world. It’s that for a reason, and it’s not going to be easy.”

“I’ve really enjoyed it,”

“Last year was mission complete, job done for the Championship. Obviously, the manager stayed to get us back in the Premier League, and that happened.”

“That was great. “This season has been a different test, a completely different test, where we went from being the favorites to the underdogs.”

“You have to react differently to weekends. You get beat on a Saturday sometimes in the Premier League, obviously, when you’re used to winning.”

“Everything changes. Your mentality changes in terms of how you deal with a defeat and how you deal with setbacks.”

“That’s been the biggest test this season. “We’ve actually done it quite well, as I think we’ve not actually been beaten a few games on the bounce.”

“So we’ve rose to that challenge, and it’s now in a position where it’s in our hands, and hopefully we can continue to win games, collect points and be fine.”

Matt has played 31 games this season with 2 goals and 5 assists and last season he played 48 times with a massive 16 goals and 9 assists.

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13 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    The team has returned to the form of our early season, we still play a game of frustration but I am glad to see more attacking intent.

    IMO the situation with Lascelles will also depend on the player himself and his own desires.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s just signed a new deal that keeps him here for a while.

  • Veltman

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Munster – I believe ayatollah is an Arabic word.
    More of religious kind and Something to do with extensive power.I am not pure Arab but grew up with Arab friends and relatives.May be DubaiMicky can translate.Think he has close connection and is surrounded by them.And
    you are not buffoon at all in my world.May be on your way to being blog ayatollah? Ha ha

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Repost; Munster- yeah I would love that. Lascelles has really shown what an excellent player he is and for me is one of the best CBs we’ve had. Still young and already this good. Best trait he has is his professionalism and leadership quality. A natural born leader that is always improving, we should do our upmost to keep at the club. It’s a pity Slimani can’t play in our next game but I reckon he’ll score against The Gunners.

  • Jib

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Lascelles signed in October
    for the thick end of 6 years.
    However other clubs interest
    won’t do him any harm in getting
    a pay rise sometime down the line.

  • hibbit

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    sorry lads but if Ashley gets the offer he wants, Lascelles will be gone and with that Rafa
    only one man Rules nufc Ashley
    our only hope is sells and we get new owners asap

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Veltman I have no wish to be an ayatollah but hope I am spelling it right!

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib didn’t he get a new contract recently?

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #9

    I wonder if rafa wud take 40 for him if he thought that would allow him to buy 2 x 20m players? Doubt it. Staveley needs to get skates on. I still think Ashley will be more relaxed if he stays because he will smell the sky cash and give rafa a much better budget.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Matt Richie’s form took a dip and had us questioning if he was Premier League standard sometimes. But he is sloly getting back to what he was and is an essential cog in our ever improving team. If he had had more luck instead of hitting the post with a few thunderbolts his confidence and probably performances would have gone up. I really like him and we should have more players like him. More like him with his brilliant attitude but with more pace and desire to beat their man would be perfect.

  • magscar

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Few threads back – Grimsby game was one in which Sheedy(?) scored from free kick when Goallie had picked up back pass (finished 1-1?).

    iIhad gone with my young teenage son not realising it had been designated as all ticket until I got there. Many others had done the same so Grimsby had opened cash Turnstiles at away end. Not enough though and late arrivals full of booze were allowed in and came through a walkway at right side of terrace behind goal we were standing on in a sort of controlled surge and walked behind goal and joined terrace.

    Fine then asseeing what was happening I moved to back of stand to avoid the growing throng but at end our terrace and the seating above all emptied into a narrow exit and then a 90 degree turn under the stand where a massive crush developed. I thought had waited until most of crowd had left terrace but was then caught in an unseen mass under the stand. Police were stood on metal stair case attached to the stand just watching apparently helpless as people strugggled to get out the increasingly fraught masses.

    On reaching gates fans were howling at stewards and police to open other gates ajacent to only one open as the funnrelling was adding to the crush behind. Made me realise how difficult it is to anticipate crowds but also highlighted the the need for better planning for such occurences and for all police and stewards to know what contingency plans there are.

    I am sure other posters will have had their scary moment(s) espcially through the 70’s 80’s and early 90’s.

    On other matter I try to ignore Jail’s repeated defending of Rafa to the Nth degree and although some of it is justified and I believe Rafa is potenially ( and nearly) our greatest ever manager having no criticism allowed is unhealthy. As long as the post is reasonably argued and not meant to wind up I believe we ( and Ed) should welcome all .

  • Spoof

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Hibbits right, if we get a bid in the £30m region then Ashley will cash In, the fact cashing in could be the last straw for Rafa won’t make him bat an eye lid, there are plenty of 2 bit managers who could replace him, the question is, will we get that type of bid for him, I will be amazed if we don’t.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 5, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Ayatollah. Well this is an interesting one, comes from ayat (sign (of)) allah (god). You can’t directly translate Arabic to English, it’s all in the nuance of the words.

    Basically the ??? ???? (hope that came out, if it didn’t it’s the Arabic script for ayatollah), it was used initially to show that God exists because of the signs that show he does, what it’s grown into is a male Muslim Faith leader that can act as a judge on Islamic text and their meaning.

    Interestingly, in the 1700 years or so since the Quran was written, it’s only in the last 100 or so years that it’s come into common use.

    Hope that helps.


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