Newcastle United lost their opening match of the season 1-0 to Arsenal at the weekend.
Newcastle were beaten 1-0 by the Gunners at St. James’ Park, and they failed to pose much of a threat during the contest.
The Magpies had some chances early on, but as the game progressed they found it harder and harder to get any joy against Arsenal’s defence.
Ritchie insisted after the game that Newcastle had some ‘positives’ to take out of the contest, as they were only narrowly beaten by a top six side.
But Newcastle fans were not pleased with Ritchie’s analysis of the game.
Another season of taking positives from defeats— Mark Lambert (@MarkLambert1892) August 11, 2019
Deluded !— Peter Fry (@peterwfry) August 11, 2019
I must have been at a different game!— Alex Batey (@BateyAlex) August 11, 2019
‘Positives?’ Starting to hate that word now.— Sead Nordstrom (@Libiguin) August 11, 2019
Mark my words if we keep playing like that these quotes about “taking some positives” will quickly turn to “it wasn’t good enough” before you know it— nEwCaStLe fOr LiFe (@77_SH_ER) August 11, 2019
I honestly believe a performance like today will 100% not be enough to get a win next week but Matt think this’s good so we’ll see
Can we him off the mike Ashley yes man in Richie now we have some better options and play with more than 1 centre mid next time— Hash Brown Lover (@Xpressiion) August 11, 2019
Same old cliched . Truth is Matt you were poor today as was the team. You can look all you like for positives but there aren’t any except this … I’m positive that 2nd half performance was among our worst ever & Bruce will be gone by Xmas.— Setrakian (@councilofgrongo) August 11, 2019
He seems as confused in the interview as he was when he was on the pitch today!— John Gardner (@decka1969) August 11, 2019
Newcastle managed only two shots on target against Arsenal, as they failed to trouble Bernd Leno.
With the Gunners having a young team out, Newcastle’s display was slightly concerning, but they do still have time to improve.
Steve Bruce’s side’s next match comes against Norwich City on Saturday.