Newcastle's Matt Ritchie reflects on Huddersfield defeat

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

Newcastle United suffered a 2-1 Championship defeat against Huddersfield Town at St. James' Park on Saturday.

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

Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has stated his team simply "weren't good enough" following their 2-1 home defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. 

In an interview with BBC Radio Newcastle the £12m winger said: "We need to be better. What we saw today is what we're going to see many times this season where teams come here and park the bus - today we weren't good enough to break them (Huddersfield) down."

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie applauds the fans after the gameRitchie joined Newcastle from Premier League side Bournemouth last month

"We didn't move the ball quick enough but we'll analyse (the game) and believe me, we'll come back stronger."

Ritchie won the 2014/15 Championship with Bournemouth where he notched 15 goals and 18 assists to help the Cherries into the Premier League and now he hopes to do the same at Newcastle under Rafa Benítez. 

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

The Scotland international is just one of eight new recruits for the Magpies who have spent over £45m already this summer but still find themselves struggling to adapt to life in the second tier.

The club's previous stint in the division saw them promoted as champions on 102 points having lost just four games throughout the season - a stat they are already halfway to reaching. 

But with Reading next up at St. James' Park on Wednesday, Ritchie expects United to turn things around sooner rather than later. 

"Every player in the dressing room now knows the Championship is not going to be easy," he continued. 

"Just because we've got a big stadium with 52,000 fans doesn't mean we're going to win games. Just because we're Newcastle United doesn't mean we're going to win games."

Huddersfield Town's Nahki Wells celebrates scoring their first goal with teammatesHuddersfield's win was their first at St. James' Park since 1953

After failing to pick up any points from their opening two matches, Newcastle are already six points off the pace but Ritchie is not panicking just yet.

"There's 132 points still to play for," added 26-year-old. 

"I reflect on my season at Bournemouth where we were six points clear at one point but we only won (the Championship) on the last day.

"So six points in this league is nothing, we're two games in so we just need to take a step back, relax, work hard, with quality and a desire to get better and I'm sure we'll achieve our goals." 

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

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