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Newcastle fans tear into Matt Ritchie’s performance

Newcastle huffed and puffed but they couldn’t blow the Burnley defence down.

The Magpies racked up 21 total shots on goal on Saturday afternoon, but only four of them were on target. In the end, Steve Bruce’s side had to settle for just the point at St James’ Park, and Newcastle fans weren’t entirely happy with one man in particular: Matt Ritchie.

As per Sofascore, the 30-year-old had just a 69% pass accuracy and lost possession 20 times, whilst none of his whopping seven shots on goal were on target.

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After seeing his display, fans of the Tyneside club took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the Scotland international.

A couple of Newcastle fans simply suggested that Ritchie isn’t good enough, with one supporter in particular saying that he’s “finished” at this level.

Another supporter meanwhile claimed that Ritchie’s display proved exactly why former manager Rafa Benitez reportedly wanted to let him go.

To Ritchie’s credit however, he was one of the few Newcastle players who appeared to at least be giving it a go – even if his lack of end product did let him down.

He made a team-high six tackles (double that of any other Newcastle player), provided two key passes and won ten of his 16 duels.

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The one thing Newcastle fans can’t really question his commitment and work-rate, although whether he still has the technical ability to be a top-level Premier League player remains to be seen.

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