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Unsung Hero: Matt Ritchie can hold his head high despite Norwich City defeat

Unsung Hero: Matt Ritchie can hold his head high despite Norwich City defeat

There aren’t many Newcastle United players who can come away from the 3-1 loss against Norwich City honestly claiming they performed well.

One man who can is Matt Ritchie, who played left-wing-back for the full 90 minutes and despite being unable to prevent his side losing, did give a good account of himself.

He made a total of four successful tackles throughout the game, as well as two interceptions, as per WhoScored, showing that he made a big contribution defensively – he was second of any player on the pitch in each of these categories.

The Scotland international also did fairly well on the ball, completing one dribble and 79% of the passes he attempted throughout the match, including two key passes – with Jonjo Shelvey being the only Newcastle player to make more key passes, highlighting how Ritchie was one of the main men to get the side going.

All of this saw the 29-year-old get a WhoScored rating of 6.9, the second-highest of any Newcastle player, behind Shelvey who was Newcastle’s only goal scorer of the day.

Interestingly, this was also higher than the rating of 6.2 that Norwich right-back Max Aarons received for his performance in the game.

Can any other Newcastle player be proud of his performance against Norwich? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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