Matt Ritchie on facing his former side


“I’m looking forward to facing Bournemouth. It’ll be a strange feeling playing against some friends and people that I spent probably the best years of my life with. We secured some fantastic achievements with that group of players and the manager and the staff. I had a brilliant time there.

“It’ll be strange to now be up against them but I’m a Newcastle player now and I want us to collect another three points at home. The last time they were at St James’ Park, I was in a Bournemouth shirt and we really made it difficult for Newcastle that day. This time around, I’m hoping it’s the opposite and we make life difficult for them and get the win we want. It’s about continuing our promising home form.

“I’m chomping at the bit to get a goal. I was unlucky against Crystal Palace. I tried to squeeze one through the defender’s legs but just got blocked off. I’m happy so far with my assists, but individually we all need to improve, raise the bar and get better, and the same goes for the team. We simply have to keep improving.”

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