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The player made sure that the Magpies lived another day in the competition after he levelled the scores from the spot towards the end of the match.
Newcastle United player Matt Ritchie has explained his views about the FA Cup. The player went onto score a late equaliser in the match against Blackburn Rovers in the third round of the competition after the Rovers went ahead by Bradley Dack’s goal, which was the first one for him this season. The Magpies are facing a tough season in the Premier League where wins have been hard to come by for Rafa Benitez’s men so far as they face the possibility of being drawn into a relegation battle by the end of the season.
Speaking to the media after the match, the player said, “We’ve got a lot of tough games coming up in the league. We could have done with winning. It wasn’t to be and now we’ve got to try again to stay in this competition.”
He added, “I’ve found chances hard to come by this season, and I haven’t scored the goals that I’d have wanted. I’m the penalty taker. I was last year, too, but we’ve barely had any, and when we had one last season I wasn’t on the pitch. I’m always practising, and was pleased with the opportunity and lucky enough I found the bottom corner.”