Ritchie Makes Goals Pledge

Ritchie Makes Goals Pledge

Newcastle star Matt Ritchie says he will get over the miss of his life against Burnley and has promised to get back among the goals.

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The Newcastle winger made an unwanted entry into the list of worst Premier League bloopers when he somehow shot wide from two yards in front of an open goal during the 2-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday night.

Asked how he would describe it, Ritchie said: “Horrific miss, horrendous, but that’s life, it’s football. I’ll keep going, I’ll keep plugging away, I’ll keep getting my shots off. Luckily enough it’s not cost us and I can smile about it but inside it hurts.”

Newcastle were leading 2-1 having withstood fierce pressure at the end of the first half. Five minutes into the second period, DeAndre Yedlin took advantage of weak Burnley defending to break into the box.

Joe Hart got a toe to his cross-shot but it appeared Ritchie had the simplest of tap-ins as the ball rolled to the back post. “I gambled,” said Ritchie. “I saw Yeds getting in and I know he’s quick. I made a good run to the back post and just unbelievable. I can’t believe I missed it.

“I’ll move on. I’m a strong character and I’ll make sure it doesn’t affect me. I’ve dealt with setbacks in my career and that is a minor setback. I want to score goals, I want to help the team. I could have made it a little bit more comfortable. I’ve made an error but my goals will come for sure.”

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