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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

  • big bob

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #121

    Nice to see the support the team not the regime got behind there team never watched an nufc 1st home game with 0 atmosphere like yesterday turned it off at half time what a load of crap it was
    it must be the stay away supporters that make the noise
    going to be a long hard season expect team to stay up just only because 3 worse teams then us
    The fans who turned up yesterday got what they deserved a poor team no ambition and a Clueless manager nothing will change until you stop going the club is on life support

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #122

    I don’t think we have the worst squad by any stretch but I genuinely think we have the worst manager.
    Steve Bruce’s PL record is pitiful and the game has moved on considerably since he was in the PL. There are managers far more tactically astute than Bruce, who is an eighties man through and through and always will be. They will run rings round him. Affable enough chap but without the right credentials to be managing NUFC.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #123

    Souness pointed out the tactical defensive error for the Arsenal goal Sunday.
    Scharr moved forward on the right but didn’t track back to cover Aubameyang as he didn’t anticipate our loss of possession on the left!

  • Bruce

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #124

    Bruce is this, Bruce is that.

    Blah Blah Blah

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #125

    Bruce needs a bit more time with the group before we can really judge him. It is important that all the players know how he wants to play, and to be fair he’s never worked with a top group of players before. I think this is the best group he will have had. Rafa is sadly gone, but I hope Bruce succeeds. He’s a nice open fella, very experienced, has supporters like Steve harper in his corner, and he’s a Geordie, and that’s great. There’s a lot to like, but yeah, he’s got a bit to do to convince us he’s capable.

  • Bruce

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #126

    If there were no rich owners, mangers like Mourinho, klopp etc would be bang on average like pardew, mcclaren etc.

    Why, because they would have fcuk all to spend.

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #127

    Bruce……….. You’re not related by any chance are you?

  • Bruce

    Aug 12, 2019 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #128

    So Saying Bruce has been crap as a manager is a load of bollocks, him and other managers would love to spend £60 million on this player, £80 million for that player.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #129


    League position 16th
    Points total 42
    FA cup 5th rd
    League cup 5th rd
    Top goal scorer Joelinton
    Goals 8

  • toon kk

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #130

    There’s a definite feeling that many fans think we’ve we’ve returned to the Mc Claren /Carver era, Hope Bruce gets more from our players. Time will tell.

  • Bruce

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #131


    It’s all about money.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #132

    A good manager’s really important. Went down following the Keegan fiasco. Went down in the shambles that followed Pardew leaving. Always need a good strong manager, particularly with an owner who has been inclined to give them a “short blanket”. This group appears one of the best I’ve seen under Ashley. Rafa would have it top ten.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #133


    On the predictions can we have “who do you think will be manager at end of season” please, it’ll be funny if nothing else.

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #134

    Well done to all the boycotters and demonstrators. Great job lads keep up the good work. So without wanting to pour pessimism over the team so early in the season I think the fans will unite in anger and frustration once the results start to confirm what most of us have predicted.

  • c-dog

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #135

    Nicky the ball tosser

    Rafa did not want Joelinton

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #136

    Yeah, I know, but he’d still get this group top ten, even though we’d have signed different players had he stayed. I’m just saying a good manager is vital.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 13, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #137

    Neil- you thought Fabian Schär was excellent against Arsenal!? What game were you watching? He was by far our worst player in the game. Misplaced 9 out of 10 passes he made. One of his worst performances for us.


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