Newcastle United fans were beginning to worry about their English Premier League season after two defeats in the opening weeks provided a wake up call about the step up from Championship to top-flight football.
However, if they continue to play like they did on Saturday against West Ham United then they should have no problems at all remaining in the division.
The Magpies were in sparkling form, destroying the Hammers 3-0 at St James’ Park and piling the pressure on visiting manager Slaven Bilic. Joselu, Ciaran Clark and Aleksandar Mitrovic provided the goals on the afternoon in front of a buoyant home crowd.
However, it was the performance of Matt Ritchie that had fans most enthused, his tireless running and hard work setting the benchmark in the Newcastle team and driving them to victory. He was also the man who provided a wonderful cross for Clark to nod home and put the game beyond the Irons.
Supporters took to Twitter to rave about his performance…
Ritchie played an absolute blinder today!! #nufc
— Danny Bundock (@danbundock23) August 26, 2017
Matt Ritchie fully deserved MOTM, great performance, never stopped working #nufc
— Sam (@sambenj) August 26, 2017
— Matt (@MatthewArnott) August 26, 2017
Rafa has Newcastle set up very well in spite of troubles. Matt Ritchie very impressive so far. Think they'll be fine #nufc
— Mark O'Toole (@M_OToole) August 26, 2017
Matt Ritchie outstanding today, along with Merino and even Perez had good game. #nufc
— Dicky (@Dicky0130) August 26, 2017
— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) August 26, 2017
Ritchie is love, Ritchie is life. #NUFC
— Dave Moffett (@BluntSharpie) August 26, 2017
Tremendous display by Matt Ritchie and Mikel Merino in midfield today and Joselu looks a very shrewd acquisition #NUFC
— Vaheed Akhtar (@VaheedAkhtar) August 26, 2017