As with most games for Newcastle in the run-up to the end of the season, this game is going to crucial in their fight to stay in the league, but with Sean Dyche’s men only just above them in the table and in a run of form only slightly better than their own, it’s a game that they should feel confident in winning.
And speaking to the club ahead of the game, Ritchie, who has failed to register a single goal this year – albeit with limited appearances – talked about the mentality of the team recently and how they are going into games with a desire to try and win.
Given the pressure that Steve Bruce has been under this season for the perceived negative style of play, there were plenty of Newcastle fans on social media who used Ritchie’s comments to slate the head coach, as well as some of his teammates for their lack of effort up to this point in the season:
“Mentality to try and win the game. Someone tell Bruce.”
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Now we just wait to see if Bruce does indeed change things up and plays without fear in their crucial game at the weekend.