Matt Ritchie stresses the importance of a positive mentality at Newcastle United

Newcastle's Matt Ritchie scores their second goal from the penalty spot

Newcastle managed to get their first win of the season at the third attempt of asking during the week.

Newcastle's Matt Ritchie scores their second goal from the penalty spotNewcastle's Matt Ritchie scores their second goal from the penalty spot

Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has placed emphasis on the team's mentality being key to the side's chances of success this season. 

The Magpies started the season as heavy favourites to win promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking but defeats in each of their first two games brought about a couple of doubts. However, they managed to get off the mark in the week thanks to a 4-1 win over Reading.

Ritchie doesn't seem to taking much notice of what is being said about the club on the outside, and instead seems focused on generating some momentum after their first win of the campaign.

Newcastle's Matt Ritchie is spoken to by manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle's Matt Ritchie is spoken to by manager Rafael Benitez

He's quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “You know what football’s like - one minute we’re written off, then we win one game and I expect people will be saying we’re going to win the league and the odds will probably get slashed again.

“We won’t be taking too much notice of that, we’ll be keeping our feet firmly on the ground, working hard with a good mentality - that’s the key.

“If our mentality is right, and we work harder than the other teams, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t win most games - but it’s not going to be easy.”

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

There is a very long way to go in this season and Newcastle will still need some time to find their feet after a very busy summer in the transfer market which has seen so many players come and go.

Nevertheless, the comfortable win over Reading is bound to give them some confidence going into the weekend's game against Bristol City where Rafa Benitez's side will be aiming for back-to-back wins. 

If the side can take a positive approach into their games this season, the chances are Newcastle are going to be up there at the business end of the season, where they hope their quality will shine through. 

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

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