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Newcastle star after Huddersfield defeat ‘I don’t think we need to be too disappointed’

5 years ago

It is just as well that it was Matt Ritchie saying it but let’s hope he is right.

The Newcastle winger saying that nobody should be ‘too disappointed’ after the Huddersfield defeat.

The Scottish international was once again by some distance United’s best player, even though he only came on at half-time.

At least he helped inspire some spark from team-mates and he was by far the biggest threat to Huddersfield.

Matt Ritchie says that the good thing is that games come thick and fast in the Championship, so with Reading on Wednesday they have a chance to start clawing it back.

So much for Rafa Benitez to work on though…

Matt Ritchie:

“I don’t think we need to be too disappointed. It wasn’t the result we were looking for, but there’s a lot to work on and there’s a lot to analyse, and we’ll go again on Wednesday.

“It’s not the start we intended, but we’ll work hard. I think it could be a blessing in disguise – we could look back on these two games and think they really made us, because we’ve got the bit between our teeth and we need to make sure that we really do continue to work hard, continue to get better and build relationships on the pitch.

“I think we’ll be OK. Obviously it’s been a tough start, but we’ve got another game on Wednesday, we’ll go again, we’ll work hard and we look forward to it.

“There’s new players, a new team, and we need to make sure that we stick together with the fans. I just don’t think there’s any reason to panic.

“We’re a new team, we’ve got probably seven or eight new players in the door in the summer, so we just have to relax and we will get better, we will get stronger and we will start winning games.

“It’s what we need. We need the fans behind us and we need the fans to stay onside. I understand it’s frustrating for them but we will start winning games, I’m sure.

“That’s the good thing about the Championship, games come in quick succession and you can put your losses right.”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Huddersfield 2

Goals – 

Newcastle: Gayle 60

Huddersfield: Wells 45, Payne 82

Possession was Huddersfield 35% Newcastle 65%

Total shots were Huddersfield 8 Newcastle 13

Shots on target were Huddersfield 3 Newcastle 4

Corners were Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 4

Team: Sels, Janmaat (Armstrong 83), Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Shelvey, Anita, Hayden, Aarons (Ritchie 46), Diame (Perez 75), Gayle

Unused Subs: Darlow, Gamez, Clark, Colback

Ref: Oliver Langford

Crowd: 52,079

(To read writer/fan reaction to today’s match go Here)

(To view the interactive player ratings from today and add your own, go HERE)


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