Matt Ritchie explains why poor Newcastle start could be a blessing in disguise

Huddersfield Town's Jack Payne celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates

The Magpies have lost both of their Championship games so far.

Newcastle's Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden with referee Simon HooperNewcastle's Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden with referee Simon Hooper

Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has told the Chronicle that their poor start to the season could be a blessing in disguise.

The Magpies are expected to take the Championship by storm this season and secure an instant return to the Premier League.

Things have not gotten off to a good start for them though, with them losing the opening game of the season against Fulham and following that up with another defeat against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Newcastle United manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

It has been less than ideal to say the least, with some fans now worrying about their chances this season.

Ritchie has taken an alternative view though, saying that the defeats could actually be a blessing in disguise.

“It’s not the start we intended but we’ll work hard,” he told the Chronicle. “I think it could be a blessing in disguise –we could look back on these two games an think they really made us because we’ve go the bit between our teeth. I think we’ll be okay.”

Newcastle United's Matt Ritchie and Huddersfield Town's Chris Lowe in actionNewcastle United's Matt Ritchie and Huddersfield Town's Chris Lowe in action

It now remains to be seen if Newcastle can bounce back from their disappointing start to the season.

To say things have not gone to plan would be an understatement, especially after the work they have done improving their squad this summer to ensure they can return to the top flight.

The season is just starting, and perhaps this start will have at least taught them that they will need to be at their best throughout the campaign if they want promotion.

Huddersfield Town's Jack Payne celebrates scoring their second goal with teammatesHuddersfield Town's Jack Payne celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates

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