first_imgNewcastle United defender Matt Ritchie is hoping that their 2-1 win over Manchester City can prove to the catalyst that turns their season around.The Magpies seemed set for a 13th Premier League defeat this term after Sergio Aguero handed City the lead at St James’ Park in the opening 24 seconds of the match.But Newcastle held their nerve in front of the home crowd to mount a stunning comeback which saw Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon equalise in the 66th-minute.Ritchie then scored the match-winner for Newcastle after Sean Longstaff was fouled in the area by Fernandinho.The 2-1 win over reigning champions City moves Newcastle up to 14th-place in the Premier League and, crucially, five points above the drop zone.Now Ritchie hopes they are back on track after securing back-to-back wins in the league for only the second time this season.“The place has been low, to be honest. The players have kept believing, we keep training, keep focused,” Ritchie told BT Sport.“It’s a fantastic result. The main thing was belief, I’m not sure many people thought we could win the game, but certainly, in the dressing room we did.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It was a kick in the teeth to concede so early. To get in at 1-0 at half-time was good. We regrouped.“We have belief within the group that we can still have a good season.“We beat Man United at home last season and that was the turning point, hopefully, this can be the turning point this year.“Just belief and togetherness in the group, we need the people around to believe as well. Hopefully, that gives everyone hope.”Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez also gave his thoughts on the victory in which he expressed his delight at how his side stuck to their game plan, despite the early setback.Next up for Newcastle will be a trip to Wembley to take on Tottenham on Saturday in the Premier League.last_img

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