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Ritchie Reveals What He Was Thinking Before He Smashed Home That Amazing Equalizer

It was one of the great goals scored by a Newcastle player this season and it was Matt Ritchie’s gasp equalizer that sent Newcastle fans crazy at the Vitality Stadium.

It was set up by an excellent cross from American DeAndre Yedlin.

Ritchie waited for the ball to arrive and hit it on the volley with his left foot into the net – giving Polish International goalkeeper Artur Boruc no chance at all.

That was only Ritchie’s 3rd goal this season so he was pleased to score it after missing a penalty for the first time at Newcastle last week at home to Everton.

Matt Ritchie celebrates

And Matt has said what he was thinking about as the ball was coming over from Yedlin:

“It hung in the air for a long time, and I was just thinking ‘just try and get a good connection’ as it was in the air, and I certainly did that,”

“It was really pleasing to get the goal, not just for the team but myself as well selfishly, because I’ve not scored many this season.”

“Hopefully, that can kick-start a little run for me.”

“I’m glad we got a point and hung on in there. I’m really pleased with the first-half performance. In the second half, we lost our way a bit.”

“We managed to stay in the game, and I managed to get that chance in the end.”

In the end, it was a good point for Newcastle – we’ll take it.

And now our next challenge is at the Emirates Stadium two weeks tonight when we will try to beat Arsenal away for our first away win since we took Huddersfield apart 1-0 on December 15th.


Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Apparently we are joint 10th ‘dirtiest’ team in Europe judging by fouls committed. Personally think it’s a case of refs being to whistle happy compared to the other way around for other teams.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #2

    To be fair Rafa doesn’t always play two defensive minded cm for us. Think it was just tactical for that particular game.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Bobby from previous, it’s interesting you say you’re not a fan of playing two defensive minded midfielders together in Hayden and Diame, then state that the attacking midfielders in our club are Ki, Shelvey and Longstaff.

    When Hayden and Lobby were playing together, Hayden was often the most advanced of the two.

    Not disagreeing with you, I just think that Hayden and Longstaff both have a fair amount to offer going forward as well as back.

    Longstaff reminds me of Lee Clark, tenacious in the tackle but always looking to move the ball forward. No frills but with a sweet range of passing. And obviously both local lads, strong mentally, determined and with the confidence to try a shot when it’s on.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Our gate receipts are listed as £25m. That hasn’t changed much over the last few years. I know those of us on the now 15 year deal had a 10% reduction when we got relegated. That was not readjusted when we then won promotion, the 10% reduction remained.
    So in effect, we’re actually paying less than the 2009 season. That might explain why its, remained stable.
    The gate receipts are to lowest of the three main money streams coming into the club,behind commercial and the real earner, Sky/prize money.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #5

    ronaldo, we’ve played most of this season without the ball, we’re going to see higher tackle counts than most teams, a percentage of those will be deemed fouls.

    I saw that stat and thought it was a bunch of tosh.

    I think the same article lists Brighton as the most dirty team. Nonsense, but the stats show the same thing for them, I guess.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Biggest surprise in an arty sorta way was checking out some of Monets stuff in Paris and finding out that those paintings of waterlilies and bridges etc are wall-sized! Huge. Then you realise what impressionism actually means. Get within 6 feet of them and it’s just a load of colourful dabs done by a class of four year olds.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Anyway enough of the footy talk…

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Just to throw this in the mix.

    If a stadium was empty, we’d be shown less on sky as they have said in the past. In return this would decrease the tv money and in effect decrease the amount of commercial income as who wants to pay to advertise on a team who have few fans at the ground and not shown on sky much.

    So it’s more than just how much money is raised on match days.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Rob, you don’t have to be the more advanced to be the creative player mate. Shelvey usually plays deeper than Diame and sprays the ball around. You get a better view of the pitch from playing slightly deeper and gives you a better range, if you have the ability to make those passes. That’s why he does his best work when he gets the ball from the defenders. He couldn’t do that if he was more advanced.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Yeah get that but when you see us every match, we tend to be penalised more often than opposing teams. I think those figures were mostly from Hernandez in the West Ham game, slight brush, down, free kick.

  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Are you sure that museum with all the pictures of spuds
    wasn’t the Walker Art Gallery

    (geddit ? – think gary lineker)

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Ronaldo, our stadium will never be empty. Now, I would say there are at least 40k loyal fans who will always turn up. Their interest is not in the politics of football, its in the football. Everton was a sell out, despite us being near the bottom. As long as players pull on those black and white shirts – and this current crop never give less that 100% effort – the fans will turn up.
    We’re not like fans of other clubs, where the attendance reflects their league position.
    Where I sit we discuss this. We’ve basically – with one exception – always had crap owners.
    The are some of our ‘fans’ who spent more time boycotting that attending, but the majority of fans – certainly my age – have seen this all before. Even the younger lads around us, none are interested in the politics. We go to watch NUFC play football. You’ll never persuade the vast majority to stop going. It won’t happen.
    We are what we are for better or worse. The truth is, the £25m that comes through the gate is probably around the same Ashley makes in interest in his vast wealth. If the crowd went down to the 40k hard core fans, it wouldn’t matter. We’re not like other clubs.
    There’s a poster on The Mag. Totally militant on his keyboard, called Leazes Ender. He was outed as being at a match recently. ‘Boycott’ he writes all the time. ‘Don’t give Ashley your money’ blah blah blah. Then he did just that 🙂
    We go for the football. Having crap owners is part and parcel of our history in my lifetime. None of us, like him, but he doesn’t play for us either. It’s the football, and like it or not, it always will be. That’s just how it is, mate


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