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New additions can get Magpies soaring: Ritchie

By Damian Spellman

Matt Ritchie has seen enough from big money signings Joelinton and Miguel Almiron to hope Newcastle can prosper this year.

The Magpies slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at St James' Park on Sunday as new head coach Steve Bruce got off to a losing start on a day when thousands of fans registered their displeasure with owner Mike Ashley by staying away.

"I thought we performed really well in spells, we got into some really good areas," said Ritchie.

"The quality wasn't quite there in the final third - speaking for myself, really, I feel I should have had a shot on one and there was one cross that I felt I should have done better with personally.

"We got into some good areas, created some in the final third - I thought Miguel and Joe were a real handful. Miggy was fantastic throughout the whole game and I'm sure that will excite everyone involved with the club, so there are certainly positives to take.

"Defensively we were very solid, very sound, and it's just disappointing that the goal came from a little bit of sloppy play from us."

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