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.