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Key Player Speaks About Record Signings Being A Handful For Arsenal


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.


137 comments so far

  • Genjikai

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #81

    Posada you know nothing about me or TMG ive gave you loads of info today to do some research yourself.
    You cant even be botherd to do that yet keep mouthing off.
    Called out is your way of saying “ive questioned your actions and you dont like it”
    End of the day weve even invited you to the next meeting again you dont know me, you dont know what i say in the meetings because you dont attend.
    Your clearly miffed about something.
    If you want to talk numbers it hard to put a number of it due to wor flags and them lot being with us, london magpie group and there numbers, nw mags and there numbers. So what figure are you actually looking for?

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #82

    Martoon

    17th
    38pts
    Player of the season. Hayden
    Top Scorer. Joelinton
    Goals scored 9
    Cups. Out first match in both.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #83

    Martoon
    Final position, 17th
    Final no. Of points 38
    League Cup, 4th round
    FA Cup, 4th round
    Player of the season , Almiron
    Top scorer, Joelinton
    No. Of goals by top goal scorer, 12

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  • MidlandsMag

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #84

    Genjikai

    Didn’t see Match of the Day but it is good to hear that you made an appearance!

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #85

    posada What you trying to do mock the boycott lads for at least having a go or do you feel guilty for not going, don’t understand where your going on this one all day goading leave it out.

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #86

    You could only see me forehead

    3
  • beermonkey

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #87

    essex

    secretly i like to think i am good at ten pin bowling the reality is it wont belong before my 7 year old beats me

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  • toon kk

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #88

    Imo fans going to the match well done for supporting the team, that was your choice.
    But I thought those who chose to boycott should be congratulated, there anger and frustration was shown to MA it also got good coverage on the TV.

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  • dougie

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #89

    Yesterday’s performance was shite, simple as that.What planet are you on thinking our forward line was dangerous,they were pants.The worst arsenal team I’ve seen in premier league history and we never laid a glove on them.Totally embarrassing in my opinion.The parasite gets rid of our quality strikers and replaces them with untested kids in the hope of a big payout in 11 months.And as far as Richie is concerned he needs to wind his neck in cos he’s a championship player at best.Shame on the sheep for going there to watch the dross.@ghost club,no ambition.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #90

    beermonkey

    I used to go to the all night one up the hill in Newcastle in the sixties and I was pretty good at the time more strikes than owt else but I reckon time has caught up with me now although my missus (who beat me, in the game, won’t mention owt else) reckons I was trying too hard. Probably right! 🙂

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  • posada

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #91

    I’m having a go at them because they are causing grief among supporters.
    This boycott thing was always going to do that.
    Try disagreeing with them.
    You won’t be tolerated.

    Mock them ? I’ve asked them a few hard questions that they don’t like. That’s because they can’t answer them.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #92

    St Max was running into wide areas, that the wingbacks should have been operating in, when he should have been playing off Joelinton’s shoulder. We had Ritchie and Almiron playing in the Hayden, Longstaff roles, never having done so before. Hayden as the defensive central mid pivot, which he actually suits, but hadn’t played before in that system.

    Ki should have been on the bench, and come on for Shelvey. Ritchie kept at wing back. St Max for Almiron, with instruction not to roam into wide positions, and ideally Carroll for Joelinton, had he been fit. He wasn’t, so Muto and St Max up top and in tandem for the last 20, two smaller forwards with fresh legs. Longstaff was leggy admittedly and a bit out of sorts, but he came off too early regardless. We really lost our shape in that final 30.

    The bench and subs were very odd.

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  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #93

    MARTOON
    Final position, 7th
    Final no. Of points 58
    League Cup, 5th round
    FA Cup, 5th round
    Player of the season , St Maximin
    Top scorer, Almiron
    No. Of goals by top goal scorer, 22

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #94

    You know the protests and boycott is having an effect, when Charnley is frantically announcing they are going to spend big! The world and his dog knows and accepts Ashley is a pathetic excuse for an owner. The only one now shouting support is Ritchie, who probably wants a new contract; even Sky Sports are muttering begrudgingly support for the fans, not Ashley! The stadium looked totally lifeless yesterday and although only 5k down the empty seats were many. They obviously counted the ST holders who didn’t attend! It’s working!

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #95

    posada there’s only one group on here causing confrontation and that’ Ashley and co my friend.

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #96

    Jib @92
    Is that YOUR prediction? Fck me you’ve lost the plot completely! Haha

    8
  • Genjikai

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #97

    Posada
    Its you making it seem like the answers are hard questions there not ive gave you a way to find your answer. Its you that keeps going on and on and on.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #98

    I haven’t seen it but it seems that Hayden clearly showed his opinion at the Longstaff substitution, must have confused the players somewhat?

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  • toon22

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #99

    Hiya posada

    Wish I was as big a toon fan as you

    😉

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  • toon22

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #100

    Hiya JIB

    It’s probably a good idea you keep well away from football gambling

    Hahahahaha

    8
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #101

    Posada

    Did a few fans manage to hypnotise 10,000 fans to boycott, or was it subliminal messaging?

    Those who boycotted or protested were grown women and men, I’m sure they are capable of making their own minds up.

    You’re just upset more people had the balls to say enough is enough than you expected, boo hoo.

    Next time there will be more empty seats and fans outside!

    #BoycottAshley #ashleyout

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #102

    What you miffed about, that ashley has chased away wor flags?
    We caused no one any grief yesterday.
    We set out on a peaceful protest and thats how it went.
    We got the desired coverage and as stated this is the start of our campaign. People join us all the time like tonight 4 more lads have joined the group.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #103

    Jib

    Younon the mixer tonight?

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  • jasper

    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #104

    Martoon
    Final league position 12th
    Number points 54
    League Cup. 4
    FA cup. 6
    Player of season. Almiron
    Top scorer. Joelinton
    Number of goals. 15

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #105

    Could be 5 if you email posada

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #106

    In this system St-Max won’t be on the pitch long enough or often enough to win player of the year. He seems to be in competition for the second striker role with Almiron. He is fast and strong, as well as tricky though. I think all our new signings are physically impressive, and 3 of them very fast, Krafth also has a bit of pace, or at least moves well. That’s a very good thing.

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  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #107

    Moonraker15
    I was at SJP on Sunday ( that’s NUFC’s home ground btw)
    and we had 3 debutants to the PL and a fairly disrupted
    pre-season.

    The pitch was sopping which deffo had an effect on passing
    The Toon had one more shot than Arsenal (both had 2 on target)
    The Shelvey injury was spotted early by SB and he reacted fast
    bringing on Willems to cover immediately.
    Lobby still hasn’t recovered properly
    There were lots of performances to provide hope for the future

    Stick to whining about the owner
    and leave the footy to us that know stuff

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  • posada

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #108

    toon22
    Aug 12, 2019 at 8:56 PM
    Comment #98
    Hiya posada
    Wish I was as big a toon fan as you
    **********************************************
    It’s nice to be popular.
    You’d know all about that.

    3
  • c-dog

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #109

    Callum chambers is one of the worst defenders in the league. He looked like van dijk on Sunday

    4
  • Anglo Saxon

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #110

    JIB
    MARTOON
    Final position, 7th
    Final no. Of points 58
    League Cup, 5th round
    FA Cup, 5th round
    Player of the season , St Maximin
    Top scorer, Almiron
    No. Of goals by top goal scorer, 22 HAHAHAHAHAHA

    5
  • c-dog

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #111

    Almiron is not a second striker
    Wide of a front three he could excel

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #112

    Nicky,
    He’ll be told he has to fit him, Almiron and Linton at all costs.

    3
  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #113

    Martoon

    Thanks for doing it for another year pal!

    Final No. of Points 42
    League Cup Round 4
    FA Cup Round 5
    Player of the Season Almiron
    Top Goal Scorer Joelinton
    No. of Goals for Top Goal Scorer 12

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #114

    Came across this earlier and thought it might interest a few posters.

    Bit of a tactical insight from Mourinho, with a touch on Rafa Benitez and Schar in the goal we conceded v arsenal.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/CatenaccioIG/status/1160845400087175168

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #115

    Could easily discuss the pros and cons with other factors about it but instead I’m thinking that Steve Bruce sees that and thinks what the hell is he going on about!

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #116

    Yeah, I think 3-4-3 is a good system with the players we have. Allowing an 11 and bench that can change to a 4-4-2, or the 3-4-2-2 that Bruce likes, as the situation in each game demands.

    …………………Dubravka.
    ……..Scharr….Lascelles…Lejeune.
    Manquillo….Hayden..Longstaff….Ritchie.
    …….St- Max……Joelinton……Almiron.

    Darlow
    Fernandez/Dummett/Clark
    Willems/Krafth/Yedlin
    Ki/Shelvey/Longstaff
    Muto/Gayle/Atsu
    Carroll

    In a 3422, we actually have 5 players vying for the second striker position, and only 4 central mids to cover 3 on the pitch, unless you count Matty Longstaff, who probably should be out on loan in Div one.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #117

    …..the 3-3-2-2 that Bruce likes…

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  • Paully

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #118

    Lascelles you need your league position mate

    1
  • Moonraker15

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #119

    Jib
    I think you’ve just lost even more credibility, if that’s possible, with your prediction. I love AS-M type of player but he’s not gonna be on the pitch long enough to be player of the season; Almiron 22 goals? Maybe if he’s here for 5 years! (he won’t be) and pos 7th with 58 points!
    You are about to find out how good Rafa is sunshine!

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #120

    Martoon……………

    Final league position. 16 th
    Number of points 41
    League Cup 4th round
    F A Cup. 3rd round
    Player of season…… Longstaff
    Top goalscorer …..,, Gayle
    No. Of goals …….. 17

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