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Matt Ritchie post-Wembley “On another day we take our chances”

9 months ago
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Matt Ritchie was gutted after the final whistle.

Newcastle having played really well but came out of the game with nothing, Tottenham winning 1-0.

A fourth defeat in a row and the third time in those matches where Newcastle had failed to come up with a goal.

However, unlike those Everton, West Brom and Watford defeats, this time Newcastle were well in the game from the early stages and creating chances.

Maybe when Shelvey’s early free-kick had Lloris well beaten, only for the woodwork to deny us, we knew it wasn’t going to be our night.

Spurs looked fragile, at risk of throwing away a Champions League place, and as Matt Ritchie says: ‘On another day, we take our chances and go 1-0 or 2-0 up.’

Watching the match, I honestly think if Newcastle had deservedly taken the lead in that first half, there would have been no way back for Tottenham.

Once again this game showed us that Newcastle United are desperate for more goalscorers throughout the team, not just up front, as half a dozen different players had chances to score.

Matt Ritchie talking to official club site:

“I thought, first half, we were really good.

“We stayed in the game, created chances and probably should have taken a couple, but it wasn’t to be.

“In the second half, we conceded and it’s always going to be difficult, conceding away from home to Tottenham at Wembley.

“I thought we showed great courage and great desire to try and get back in the game but it wasn’t quite to be.

“But in the first half, we had the better chances and were frustrated coming in at 0-0 really.

“They had a lot of the ball but we had good chances, and that was our gameplan – sit in, soak up the pressure and try and catch them on the break, and I think we did that a few times.

“On another day, we take our chances and go 1-0 or 2-0 up.

“But there are a lot of positives, and now we need to continue and take those positive into the last game of the season.

“We always believe we can create chances.

“I think the desire we showed to defend our box and put pressure on them was really good, and hopefully we can continue that into the last game of the season, because we want to win it.

“We’ve not got the results we wanted of late, but hopefully we can get three points on Sunday and hopefully finish in the top ten.”

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Stats from BBC Sport:

Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0

Goals:

Spurs: Kane 50

Possession was Spurs 63% Newcastle 37%

Total shots were Spurs 11 Newcastle 14

Shots on target were Spurs 7 Newcastle 3

Corners were Spurs 6 Newcastle 4

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy (Murphy 71), Perez, Gayle (Joselu 76)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Hayden, Manquillo, Haidara, Merino

Crowd; 54,923  (3,100 Newcastle)

(NUFC instant fan/writer reaction to the match HERE)

(Rafa relates the ‘facts’ of the match – Read HERE)

(Chelsea game is now the £9.5m match for Newcastle United – Read HERE)

(Newcastle v Chelsea now set for Live TV – Read HERE)

(Read the match ratings and comments on NUFC players HERE)

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