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Matt Ritchie believes Newcastle have to keep working hard

“It’s so tight, and it’s probably going to go right to the wire for all the teams in a similar position to us in the table. We just have to make sure we continue to work hard and look to improve, and hopefully we can secure our safety. We’ve got a squad of players, we know that. We’ve got competition for places, and that’s going to be important in the rest of the season. We back ourselves to achieve what we want to, and everyone is hungry for success. We need to keep that mindset, and hopefully if we stick to what the manager wants from us, that’ll be good enough to keep us in the Premier League. We can’t control anything that happens in terms of transfers or playing coming in, so there’s no point even thinking about it. We just have to keep working hard.

“The important thing is that there are positives to take from the Chelsea game, and we have to make sure we take them into Burnley on Wednesday night. For every team in the Premier League in a similar position to us, the league has to be the priority. We all want to stay in the league, that’s the most important thing. We’ll be fully focused on that now, and working hard towards making it happen.”

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