Pos­i­tiv­ity’s the key for Mag Ritchie

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Matt Ritchie says New­cas­tle United are stay­ing pos­i­tive in their bad spell.

The Mag­pies, in their first sea­son back in the top flight, have failed to win any of their last six Premier League games to slip within five points of the drop zone. Last week’s 3-1 de­feat at Chelsea left them 15th ahead of a crunch home clash with Le­ices­ter at St James’s Park on Satur­day (5.30pm kick-off ).

Scot­land in­ter­na­tional Ritchie said: “We have had tough games, as ev­ery game in the Premier League is, but we’ll be look­ing for three points.

“We will be work­ing through the week ahead of a tough week­end.

“In this Premier League, it is all about how you re­act to de­feats and stay pos­i­tive.

“We will con­tinue to work, and get bet­ter week in, week out.

“Hope­fully it can be pos­i­tive. The re­sults haven’t been great of late, and ev­ery­body knows that but we’re look­ing to get back on track.”

“Most im­por­tant is the present mo­ment – three points is the most im­por­tant thing on Satur­day.

“Le­ices­ter have picked up of late and seemed to have found their way un­der a new man­ager. It’s a tough game, but one we are re­ally look­ing for­ward to.”

On los­ing to de­fend­ing champs Chelsea at Stam­ford Bridge, Ritchie added on NUFCTV: “It is about how you re­act to de­feats. Make sure you stay pos­i­tive and con­tinue to work.”

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