Bournemouth star can’t wait to play at Newcastle in front of 52,000 ‘passionate fans’
Andrew Surman is looking forward to meeting up with Matt Ritchie.
The Bournemouth midfielder played alongside the winger for a number of years and thinks the move to Newcastle ‘Has gone as well as I am sure he would have hoped’.
Andrew Surman is also looking forward to being inside St James Park, the game already sold out with Bournemouth selling the 1,600 tickets they requested.
The Bournemouth star declares St James Park is a ‘Great stadium and the atmosphere is always electric…Their fans are so passionate’.
After losing their first four matches of the season, things have gradually improved, with two wins and a draw from the last six games.
The visiting midfielder is all too aware though that the Cherries are still second bottom of the table and says ‘Newcastle is a really important game and we have to get three points’.
Impressively, Andrew Surman played every single minute of the 2015/16 Premier League season after promotion, a season which included Surman and Ritchie coming to St James Park in March 2016.
Ritchie got an assist for the second goal as Bournemouth ran out 3-1 winners, with Steve McClaren sacked afterwards.
Hopefully a regulation three points this time and this particular current Newcastle United manager staying here for some time to come.
“It will be good to see Matt Ritchie.
“He has gone to Newcastle and done really well, it has gone as well as I am sure he would have hoped.
“He’s scored a few goals and been important for them so it’ll be good to see him.
“Hopefully he won’t have too good a game against us!
“It is another great stadium and the atmosphere is always electric.
“Their fans are so passionate and I am sure we will take a good following so it should be a good atmosphere.
“We want to get more points on the board but we are not concerned yet, it’s still early.
“We want to be higher in the league and are confident we can turn it round. Newcastle is a really important game and we have to get three points.
“There are no easy games and these are the ones we are looking to win to get out of the relegation zone. We need to fight for the wins.
“People will look at it and say we have a great run of games but it doesn’t work like that in the Premier League.
“They are all tough games and, if you aren’t at your best, you get found out – we are not looking too far ahead.”
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