Matt Ritchie had an excellent game last Saturday and showed not only by his skill but the way he works so hard for the Newcastle side.
And he produced a beautiful right-wing cross that was nicely headed home by Joselu for his first goal of the season – and after only 11 minutes
Matt was on talkSport with Jim White on Tuesday, and he said one or two interesting things during the interview.
Rafa Benitez with an arm around Matt Ritchie – they’re still friends after Saturday!
Here’s some of what he said:
“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but first and foremost for any club outside the top eight, it’s make sure we stay in the Premier League because it’s so tight now.”
“The later on in the season that we get we can look at different goals,”
“The main thing is everybody sticks together and pulls in the same direction.”
“The owner, the players, the fans – we all need to be on the same page and moving in the same direction.”
Mike Ashley has not attended a game since the season before – so it’s difficult to get Mike Ashley included in that unity.
But if we start to do very well this season, maybe the owner will turn up at the games.
As long as he stays in the background, it will be OK – but he has to sell the club if he doesn’t support Rafa financially.
That’s his two alternatives – stay in the background and support Rafa in what he wants to do – or sell the club.
If Rafa leaves next summer, the owner is the responsible party for that.
In fact, the best thing we can do is to ensure Ashley doesn’t spoil things because last season the connection between the fans and Rafa and the players was amazing.
We need that again this season, and then we could surprise ourselves.
We know that with Rafa in charge – anything is possible.
If Rafa leaves we are going to be devastated.
What do you think about this?