'Awful all season', 'Woeful' - Newcastle fans' favourite blasted in draw v Brighton
Newcastle United fans have turned to social media to blast the performance of midfield star Matt Ritchie in the club’s clash with Brighton on Saturday.
The Magpies laboured to a 0-0 draw against their south coast opposition, in a match lacking in attacking threat from either side.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez had chosen to make seven changes to the starting XI from the side which put up a spirited performance in the 1-0 defeat to runaway league leaders Manchester City on Wednesday.
Among the wholesale changes was the return of fans’ favourite Matt Ritchie, rested against City with Benitez keeping one eye on the clash against Brighton.
However, despite being given the opportunity to charge his batteries and come back fighting fit against the Seagulls, he failed to impress, lacking the creative spark needed to score or create a goal which may well have sealed the three points.
The Toon Army were less than impressed with what they saw from their star man, and took to Twitter to berate his display.
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Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Changes desperately needed. Ritchie and Merino off they have both been awful. #NUFC
— Wee Brendy (@irelandawakened) December 30, 2017
Ritchie has been pants
— Cpat (@nufc1892chad) December 30, 2017
What happened to Ritchie's Magic Hat? #nufc
— Toon Army KW (@ToonArmyKW) December 30, 2017
Matt Ritchie has been awful all season atsu is the player we need to use more #nufc
— Kyle Winston ⚫⚪⚫⚪⚫ (@Winno08) December 30, 2017
Ritchie wastes yet another bloody set piece. #nufc
— Andrew Lawes (@LawesDisorder) December 30, 2017
I do not understand what Ritchie adds at this point. He’s been extremely poor. Frustrating, up and down. #NUFC
— The Exiled Geordies (@NUFC_Podcast) December 30, 2017
Ritchie and yedlin for me , have been woeful. Dummet doing well. That’s about it
— The Looney Toon (@The_Looney_Toon) December 30, 2017
No creativity at all from midfield , Nothing out wide, Ritchie has been so poor again and can't seem to cross a ball now! 10 is vital if we continue to play this way so spot on mate!
— David Stratton (@nufcshifty) December 30, 2017
Ritchie has been a regular for the Magpies this season, with his unused substitute appearance against City the first time he has failed to appear in any of the club’s league games during the current campaign.
In other Newcastle United news, fans have been left “heartbroken” by this star man’s honest admission.