Date: 19th August 2019 at 5:01pm
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A selection of Newcastle supporters have been slamming Matt Ritchie on social media, after the Magpies midfielder insisted United must stick together following the dreadful defeat at Norwich City, as quoted by the Chronicle.

Steve Bruce’s tenure on Tyneside began with an array of errors at home to Arsenal, and failed to change at Carrow Road when Daniel Farke’s newly-promoted side stormed to their first win in the Premier League since May 2016.

Newcastle had two favourable opportunities to score in the first-half with Joelinton and debutant Emil Krafth sending their chances wide of the post, but more hopeless defending allowed Canaries striker Teemu Pukki to score Norwich’s first top-flight hat-trick in 26-years.

Ritchie, though, has called for more time before people jump to conclusions over whether or not Newcastle are missing Rafa Benitez, and if the performance at the weekend was as a result of Bruce’s abilities as a manager.

“You guys, the fans, and everyone, will all have their own opinions,” the £45,000-a-week midfielder noted. “Mine is that we have [to] stick together, continue to work hard, [and] try to improve.

“The group is very similar to what we had last season. I still believe the new additions can strengthen us. It may take a little bit of time, but it is a long season, and yes, we’d like to have got off the mark, but we didn’t.

“That’s certainly not the result we wanted, but we have to keep working and obviously improve. Everyone has to be patient.”

When pushed on if Benitez’s absence was playing on the player’s minds, Ritchie added: “Look, Rafa has gone. That’s over. It’s a new era now. We have to look forward, not backwards.

“There’s a new manager come in, someone the players believe in, and the club believes in. That’s important. We are working day in, day out to perform to our highest level and today we didn’t do that. We fell short.

“We certainly won’t just brush it to one side and move on to the next one. We will look at it, dissect it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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