Newcastle news Ritchie expecting tight finish

InthelatestNewcastlenews,MattRitchieadmitsheandhisteam-mateshaveplentyofworkstilltodo,withtherelegationfightsettogodowntothewire。

RitchiescoredintheMagpies’3-0victoryagainstSouthamptonlastweektogivethemasignificantboostintheirchancesofstayinginthePremierLeague。

TheyhadthisweekendoffandspentfourdaysinRafaBenitez’snativeSpainforawarm-weathertrainingcamp。

NewcastleconcludedtheirbriefspellwithafriendlyagainstRoyalAntwerponSundaywhichfinished1-1,withRitchiegrabbingtheMagpies’goalafterasmartlobbedfinish。

AndRitchiereckonsitwillbeadifficultendtotheseason,whichcouldstretchtothefinalgamewhentheytakeonChelseaatStJames’ParkonMay13。

Itisgoingtobeatightend,therewillbetwistsandturnsforsuresowewillbepreparingasbestwecan,RitchietoldSkySportsNews。

OnSaturday,someofNewcastle’srelegationrivalswereinaction,withStokelosingathometoEverton2-1,andCrystalPalacegettingacrucialawaywinatHuddersfield2-0。

BournemouthwerealsovictoriousagainstWestBrom,withtheBaggiesnowseeminglyonthevergeofthedropdowntotheChampionship。

AndRitchiesaysheandhisteammatescannotfocusonotherteams’resultsaheadofthecrucialrunin。

Youcantaffecttheresultssoyouhavejustgottokeepgoing,keeptryingtowinyourgamesandHuddersfieldnextwillbeatoughgame,headded。

ObviouslytheyhadadisappointingresultagainstPalacesoitwillbeatoughtestandtheywillbereadyforitbutsowillwe。

Newcastle’snextgameisathometoHuddersfieldandfellowmidfielderMoDiamesaystheymustputtheSouthamptonresultatthebackoftheirmindandfocusonthebattlewiththeTerriers。

Thelastmatchathome[Southampton]gaveusconfidencebutitisgoingtobeanotherfinalforus,Diamesaid。

Weneedtomakesurewegetthethreepoints。

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