Ritchie admits lack of belief ahead of FA Cup clash

first_imgMatt Ritchie gave a disturbing assessment of his Newcastle side suggesting the whole team lacks belief.Ritchie echoed the sentiments of manager Rafa Benitez who said they needed a “miracle” to stay up before the festive period.The Magpies are currently two points above third-bottom Southampton, having won only one of their last eight matches.They go into Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against Championship visitors Blackburn on a run of eight defeats in 11 home league games.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Ritchie is one of the fighters in Benitez’s squad, but told the Mirror: “The whole place just lacks belief.“We have to keep believing. We are in a fight and while we knew it would be tough this season we need to roll our sleeves up and get on with it.“This is where we find out if we have got the characters and the belief and the determination to achieve what we did last season.“Hopefully we can come together and really pull through. We need to be together – everybody at the football club. Belief is the main thing, confidence and desire too.”last_img

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