Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has spoken about teammate ​Matt Ritchie’s frustrations after the Scot fired home ​Newcastle’s winner against Manchester United on Sunday evening.


Lascelles, speaking to the ​Northern Echo, revealed how Ritchie has been frustrated with his football recently as Newcastle struggle to keep themselves away from the closely-knit relegation battle.

The Scottish international struggle for form this season has seen him lose his place in the starting XI, and seen him instead being consigned to a rotational position.


However, the Toon captain is hoping that Ritchie’s winner against ​Manchester United is going to be the turning point in his season.


Ritchie managed to get himself on the end of a clever Dwight Gayle flick, and thump the ball into the next past United’s David De Gea.

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“Matt has been pretty frustrated recently, but he finally got his goal and hopefully he can start finding the net a bit more often,” said Lascelles. “But overall, it was a massive team performance and the Man of the Match could have gone to anybody.”


It was Ritchie’s first goal of the season and was seen by many as a fitting reward for his performance on the day.

The former ​Bournemouth winger caused the Red Devils a huge problem and worked hard throughout his performance to keep Newcastle’s defensive shape.


The win put the Magpies 13th in the ​Premier League table, two points clear of the relegation zone.