Matt Ritchie had a good game yesterday for Newcastle and was one of our better players. His versatility was on display as he moved into central midfield when Jonjo Shelvey had to leave with a minor knock.
Matt spoke to NUFC TV after the game yesterday and, like the rest of the players who made comments, expressed disappointment with the result but optimism about the performance.
He spoke about our two latest record signings in Miguel Almiron and Joelinton a bit and how they should prove to be exciting going forward. He also spoke about the poor goal but took some consolation that it was preventable.
This is a little of what Matt said yesterday after the game:
“I thought we performed really well in spells, we got into some really good areas.
“The quality wasn’t quite there in the final third – speaking for myself, really, I feel I should have had a shot on one and there was one cross that I felt I should have done better with personally.
“We got into some good areas, created some in the final third – I thought Miguel and Joe were a real handful.
“Miggy was fantastic throughout the whole game and I’m sure that will excite everyone involved with the club, so there are certainly positives to take.
“Defensively we were very solid, very sound, and it’s just disappointing that the goal came from a little bit of sloppy play from us rather than outstanding play from Arsenal.
“Playing top teams with top players, you have to limit them to very little. We did that and they probably only had one or two shots on our goal.
“But at the top level, they take them and Aubameyang, a top striker, did that, so it’s frustrating. But we need to dust ourselves down and move on.”
We thought the performance was a good one yesterday and subsequent viewings, with emotion removed, makes that clear. Matty Ritchie played very well and Almiron and Joelinton caused Arsenal problems especially in the first half.
The boys lacked a bit of cutting edge in the final third but it was the first competitive match for Joelinton and Almiron together so they will only improve. We also thought that Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar were excellent. There are a lot of positives to take from yesterday. We are glad the leaders of this team are putting an emphasis on that.