Matt Ritchie thinks the decision to head for Spain has proved ‘really successful’.

As I look out my window at a very cold and snowy Tyneside landscape, it isn’t difficult to agree that Rafa has called this one correctly.

Ritchie say the better weather and ‘a good pitch’ out in Spain are paying dividends and it has given ‘an opportunity’ where they can keep working, before they ‘go again against Huddersfield’ in 13 days time.

Even better is the fact that the squad have headed off with the support of the fanbase, so often in the past these trips became divisive, as supporters had their backs up when the players jetted off under Alan Pardew after failing on the pitch.

Instead, consecutive home wins against Man Utd and Southampton have given Rafa’s team some breathing space back to the relegation spaces.

This next game against Huddersfield would really put Newcastle in a nice position on 35 points with seven left to play, so if this Spanish trip can contribute in any way to three points at the end of the month, then everybody is a winner.

Matt Ritchie:

“We have come away for some better weather, for a good pitch and it has been really successful.

“You can put a positive spin on us having this break, as we have got this break on the back of a good run of results.

“We have got an opportunity where we can keep working, do some training out on the pitch here in Spain, play a game, then have a bit of a breather and go again against Huddersfield.

“We are on a good run in the Premier League but we need to continue that.

“After beating Southampton we have given ourselves a little gap over the bottom three but we want to keep winning and pick up points, so hopefully safety will come with that.

“You have seen throughout the season that it is so tight and one win or one defeat changes the table so much.

“We can only control what we can control and we need to make sure that we are prepared and ready for Huddersfield – hopefully we can get three points then.”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Results were Ok yesterday, i always expected Palace to get out of trouble.
    nice to see the scumbag Pard`s lose again & along with Geordie John they are breaking all kinds of records, for the wrong reasons
    😂😂😂

  • Geordiegiants

    There’s a very big possibility that next season we could have Mitro back and Rafa gone. I have noted the people shouting about Rafa being wrong, and Mitro being a super star striker. In some saddistic way I would love to see what happens. 🤬

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      If the Fat Lad is still here i doubt Rafa will be

      • Geordiegiants

        And if Rafa isn’t, Mitro will. I am in agreeance Mitro is proabably a bit of a better finisher than the Hoss, but the way some of these go on about him being a super striker borders on ridiculous.

        • Steven05

          I asked a lad at work who he’d rather have at NUFC – Rafa or Mitrovic. He answered Mitrovic, and he was serious. I can’t understand the esteem some fans have for him at all.

          • Kneebotherm8

            They can’t see the wood for the trees…

  • ghostrider

    Let’s hope the warm weather training and game has a positive effect that takes us to the end of the season, because 4 days against another near two weeks of English reality might just have the opposite effect with some.

    It’s like feeding your starving family with gruel and then giving them steak for 4 days.
    The feel good factor would be amazing and the happy smiling faces as they gorge would be a joy to behold.
    Now back to gruel. Hmmmmm.

    Maybe I’m just being too cautious with my thoughts. I hope so.