Richie eyeing more despite solid start to season

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Newcastle midfielder Matt Richie says he still ‘wants more’ from himself and his team-mates despite the club’s good start to the Premier League season.

While the Magpies have now lost back-to-back games – 1-0 losses to both Burnley and Bournemouth respectively – they have had an otherwise terrific start to the new campaign, and currently sit in 11th place in the Premier League.

Many expected Rafael Benitez’s side to be fighting for their Premier League status, however they have since defied the critics and Richie says there is more to come.

“It’s a tough question to say whether we’d have taken this at the start of the season or not,” said the winger speaking in the Chronicle. “It’s football, and you always want more, both personally and for the team.

“Everyone wants more, everyone wants to keep striving, and everyone wants to get better.

“If we were sitting in third in the league, we’d still want to get better and we’d still want to improve.”

The Magpies travel to Old Trafford for a tough fixture against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at the weekend, and Richie hopes his side can re-find their good form from last month.

“We are where we are, and we need to continue to improve and raise the bar.

“We need to continue to create chances, and continue to defend well and press well. “

We need to continue to have a good shape and be compact, all the small things that we work on during the week.

“We have to get better at all of those things, and if we continue to do that, we’ll be picking up points.”

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