AFC Bournemouth: Ritchie seeking return to stellar form

WING WIZARD: AFC Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie

WING WIZARD: AFC Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie

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HONEST Cherries winger Matt Ritchie has vowed to rediscover his fearsome form after admitting recent displays had fallen short of his own high standards.

In a candid assessment, the 24-year-old Dean Court dynamo refused to cite his early-season injury woes as mitigation and reiterated his determination to hit December’s heights once more.

Ritchie made an immediate impact as a substitute against Derby County in November on his comeback from a persistent thigh problem which had ruined his pre-season preparations.

Five goals in six Championship starts followed with the £500,000 signing from Swindon Town earning plenty of plaudits for reinvigorating Cherries' efforts in the final third.

However, Ritchie failed to find the net in seven league and cup starts after his Boxing Day brace against Yeovil and found himself on the bench for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to table-toppers Leicester City with boss Eddie Howe keen to keep his squad fresh.

And while he acknowledged the volume of Cherries matches over the festive period had taken their toll, Ritchie made no attempt to hide behind his struggles.

He told the Daily Echo: “As an attacking player, people look at the goals you score and create and in my first six or seven games back, my form was very good.

“Over the past four or five games I have probably been a little bit off it and not quite my usual self. My legs have felt tired but I have started to gain that bit of fitness I missed out on at the start of the season.

“When I came back I felt fresh and while playing a lot of games over a short period at Christmas might have caught up with me a bit, that is no excuse. I wouldn’t put my form down to that at all.

“I have not been on it as much as I could have been. When I came on against Leicester, I tried to play my part and contribute to the team.

“I felt like I did okay and, hopefully, I can work hard in training this week and push on. I’m getting over that barrier now so, hopefully, what I am doing will pay off and I can put in good performances for the club.”

Meanwhile, on the back of a strong showing in the second tier over the past two months, Ritchie reckons Cherries are well placed to push on during the rest of the campaign.

“If the team could establish itself in the Championship I think that would be a good season for us and we would have a good platform to reassess in the summer,” he added.

“As a club, I think we are heading in the right direction. There are some good things happening and we can certainly aim high this season.”

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8:39am Tue 4 Feb 14

Wilkie says...

Youve still been playing pretty good Matt. That inch perfect **** from the byline to Gabban's head (I think) on Saturday demanded a bulge in the back of the net. Had it fallen to Kevin Phillips we all would have been talking about a beautiful assist. Not your fault that Grabbs fluffed his lines.
Youve still been playing pretty good Matt. That inch perfect **** from the byline to Gabban's head (I think) on Saturday demanded a bulge in the back of the net. Had it fallen to Kevin Phillips we all would have been talking about a beautiful assist. Not your fault that Grabbs fluffed his lines. Wilkie
  • Score: 3

8:40am Tue 4 Feb 14

Wilkie says...

Apparently d-i-n-k is offensive!!
Apparently d-i-n-k is offensive!! Wilkie
  • Score: 4

8:48am Tue 4 Feb 14

boyerboy says...

I like Rich tea and the quality he brings BUT at times it seems he is an outcast - especially when on the wing ( often unmarked) pleading for the ball????????
I like Rich tea and the quality he brings BUT at times it seems he is an outcast - especially when on the wing ( often unmarked) pleading for the ball???????? boyerboy
  • Score: 5

9:26am Tue 4 Feb 14

eaststandman says...

At the moment Matt d-i-n-k-s in and out of the game.
Am sure its a fitness thing. He'll come good again, not that he's not one of our best players as he is !
At the moment Matt d-i-n-k-s in and out of the game. Am sure its a fitness thing. He'll come good again, not that he's not one of our best players as he is ! eaststandman
  • Score: 1

9:33am Tue 4 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Well d-i-n-k me!!! Good to see a bit of honesty regarding performance.

I have to agree that Matts return was spectacular and his recent performances have not been quite up there. But you've either got it or you haven't and Matt certainly does have the 'magic' about him, it will return!!

We've got Matt Ritchie, he's d-i-n-k-ing quality!!!
We got Matt Ritchie, he's d-i-n-k-ing quality!!!
Well d-i-n-k me!!! Good to see a bit of honesty regarding performance. I have to agree that Matts return was spectacular and his recent performances have not been quite up there. But you've either got it or you haven't and Matt certainly does have the 'magic' about him, it will return!! We've got Matt Ritchie, he's d-i-n-k-ing quality!!! We got Matt Ritchie, he's d-i-n-k-ing quality!!! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 2

10:30am Tue 4 Feb 14

simon cooper says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Well d-i-n-k me!!! Good to see a bit of honesty regarding performance.

I have to agree that Matts return was spectacular and his recent performances have not been quite up there. But you've either got it or you haven't and Matt certainly does have the 'magic' about him, it will return!!

We've got Matt Ritchie, he's d-i-n-k-ing quality!!!
We got Matt Ritchie, he's d-i-n-k-ing quality!!!
Could not agree more Ted, he will come back to full strength and his devastating best.

He is clearly struggling for a bit of fitness that is all, he has been under the weather a bit, he is a genuine two footed player that battles and is a winner.

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Well d-i-n-k me!!! Good to see a bit of honesty regarding performance. I have to agree that Matts return was spectacular and his recent performances have not been quite up there. But you've either got it or you haven't and Matt certainly does have the 'magic' about him, it will return!! We've got Matt Ritchie, he's d-i-n-k-ing quality!!! We got Matt Ritchie, he's d-i-n-k-ing quality!!![/p][/quote]Could not agree more Ted, he will come back to full strength and his devastating best. He is clearly struggling for a bit of fitness that is all, he has been under the weather a bit, he is a genuine two footed player that battles and is a winner. U T C I A D. simon cooper
  • Score: 4

11:17am Tue 4 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind!
An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind! cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -4

11:48am Tue 4 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind!
It wasn't me!!! You can never predict the 'thumbs down' effect on here, leaves me puzzled at times...noooo...that
'll be -2 for that comment then!

What I do know is that Matt is almost unplayable at this level when he's right on his game.
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind![/p][/quote]It wasn't me!!! You can never predict the 'thumbs down' effect on here, leaves me puzzled at times...noooo...that 'll be -2 for that comment then! What I do know is that Matt is almost unplayable at this level when he's right on his game. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: -6

1:09pm Tue 4 Feb 14

nonnogeppetto says...

It is good that Ritchie acknowledges his dip in form and to be honest every player goes through arid patches Maybe I am old fashioned but I would much rather that he let the football talk rather than coming on here and tells us about his intention. Now he will be under the microscope and judged if he fails to improve (which I believe will not be the case). He is a good player and to be fair on him, when he came back following his injury, opposing teams gave him space and was loosely marked. Since scoring his goals he is being very closely marked and afforded the space in which he thrives. Speaking as an 'empty head' as far as knowledge of football matter, some may take issue with my observation. I am prepared for the thumbs down brigade. Up the mighty Cherries
It is good that Ritchie acknowledges his dip in form and to be honest every player goes through arid patches Maybe I am old fashioned but I would much rather that he let the football talk rather than coming on here and tells us about his intention. Now he will be under the microscope and judged if he fails to improve (which I believe will not be the case). He is a good player and to be fair on him, when he came back following his injury, opposing teams gave him space and was loosely marked. Since scoring his goals he is being very closely marked and afforded the space in which he thrives. Speaking as an 'empty head' as far as knowledge of football matter, some may take issue with my observation. I am prepared for the thumbs down brigade. Up the mighty Cherries nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 3

1:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

cherrychris75 says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind!
I said it the same time as you. On his day he is unplayable but he had gone missing.. I also think pughy has been on fire recently and was unlucky not to even be on the bench Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind![/p][/quote]I said it the same time as you. On his day he is unplayable but he had gone missing.. I also think pughy has been on fire recently and was unlucky not to even be on the bench Saturday. cherrychris75
  • Score: 0

1:16pm Tue 4 Feb 14

ASM says...

matt ritchie runs rings around championship defenders like dinky donuts
matt ritchie runs rings around championship defenders like dinky donuts ASM
  • Score: 1

1:23pm Tue 4 Feb 14

nonnogeppetto says...

cherrychris75 wrote:
cheeriedriteup wrote:
An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind!
I said it the same time as you. On his day he is unplayable but he had gone missing.. I also think pughy has been on fire recently and was unlucky not to even be on the bench Saturday.
On Saturday Pugh was in the Box just behind were we sit and the guys told us that EH told him (Pugh) he was resting him apparently he told EH I am only 27 not 37!!! implying not needing the rest!!
[quote][p][bold]cherrychris75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind![/p][/quote]I said it the same time as you. On his day he is unplayable but he had gone missing.. I also think pughy has been on fire recently and was unlucky not to even be on the bench Saturday.[/p][/quote]On Saturday Pugh was in the Box just behind were we sit and the guys told us that EH told him (Pugh) he was resting him apparently he told EH I am only 27 not 37!!! implying not needing the rest!! nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 0

1:24pm Tue 4 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
It is good that Ritchie acknowledges his dip in form and to be honest every player goes through arid patches Maybe I am old fashioned but I would much rather that he let the football talk rather than coming on here and tells us about his intention. Now he will be under the microscope and judged if he fails to improve (which I believe will not be the case). He is a good player and to be fair on him, when he came back following his injury, opposing teams gave him space and was loosely marked. Since scoring his goals he is being very closely marked and afforded the space in which he thrives. Speaking as an 'empty head' as far as knowledge of football matter, some may take issue with my observation. I am prepared for the thumbs down brigade. Up the mighty Cherries
Sorry to disappoint Nonno, gave you a thumbs up!!!

I on the other had (no pun intended) have -3 for a balanced on subject comment!, thank you so much silent d-i-n-k-wits!
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: It is good that Ritchie acknowledges his dip in form and to be honest every player goes through arid patches Maybe I am old fashioned but I would much rather that he let the football talk rather than coming on here and tells us about his intention. Now he will be under the microscope and judged if he fails to improve (which I believe will not be the case). He is a good player and to be fair on him, when he came back following his injury, opposing teams gave him space and was loosely marked. Since scoring his goals he is being very closely marked and afforded the space in which he thrives. Speaking as an 'empty head' as far as knowledge of football matter, some may take issue with my observation. I am prepared for the thumbs down brigade. Up the mighty Cherries[/p][/quote]Sorry to disappoint Nonno, gave you a thumbs up!!! I on the other had (no pun intended) have -3 for a balanced on subject comment!, thank you so much silent d-i-n-k-wits! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: -3

1:37pm Tue 4 Feb 14

abc100 says...

cherrychris75 wrote:
cheeriedriteup wrote:
An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind!
I said it the same time as you. On his day he is unplayable but he had gone missing.. I also think pughy has been on fire recently and was unlucky not to even be on the bench Saturday.
Firstly I am a Pugh fan, but on fire recently are you serious, I think he is a very good league one player and I can see why no other club took a chance on him from the championship, also with Daniels not fit I can see why he was left out/dropped/rested on Saturday as he is nowhere near the player he can be without Daniels behind him
[quote][p][bold]cherrychris75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind![/p][/quote]I said it the same time as you. On his day he is unplayable but he had gone missing.. I also think pughy has been on fire recently and was unlucky not to even be on the bench Saturday.[/p][/quote]Firstly I am a Pugh fan, but on fire recently are you serious, I think he is a very good league one player and I can see why no other club took a chance on him from the championship, also with Daniels not fit I can see why he was left out/dropped/rested on Saturday as he is nowhere near the player he can be without Daniels behind him abc100
  • Score: 4

1:38pm Tue 4 Feb 14

nonnogeppetto says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
It is good that Ritchie acknowledges his dip in form and to be honest every player goes through arid patches Maybe I am old fashioned but I would much rather that he let the football talk rather than coming on here and tells us about his intention. Now he will be under the microscope and judged if he fails to improve (which I believe will not be the case). He is a good player and to be fair on him, when he came back following his injury, opposing teams gave him space and was loosely marked. Since scoring his goals he is being very closely marked and afforded the space in which he thrives. Speaking as an 'empty head' as far as knowledge of football matter, some may take issue with my observation. I am prepared for the thumbs down brigade. Up the mighty Cherries
Sorry to disappoint Nonno, gave you a thumbs up!!!

I on the other had (no pun intended) have -3 for a balanced on subject comment!, thank you so much silent d-i-n-k-wits!
any chance the Echo would add a third choice Churchill's victory sign in reverse!!!! oh dear what have I said!!!!!! this is a family site, a family of baboons maybe but still a family!!!! in case people take issue I include myself in that family!!
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: It is good that Ritchie acknowledges his dip in form and to be honest every player goes through arid patches Maybe I am old fashioned but I would much rather that he let the football talk rather than coming on here and tells us about his intention. Now he will be under the microscope and judged if he fails to improve (which I believe will not be the case). He is a good player and to be fair on him, when he came back following his injury, opposing teams gave him space and was loosely marked. Since scoring his goals he is being very closely marked and afforded the space in which he thrives. Speaking as an 'empty head' as far as knowledge of football matter, some may take issue with my observation. I am prepared for the thumbs down brigade. Up the mighty Cherries[/p][/quote]Sorry to disappoint Nonno, gave you a thumbs up!!! I on the other had (no pun intended) have -3 for a balanced on subject comment!, thank you so much silent d-i-n-k-wits![/p][/quote]any chance the Echo would add a third choice Churchill's victory sign in reverse!!!! oh dear what have I said!!!!!! this is a family site, a family of baboons maybe but still a family!!!! in case people take issue I include myself in that family!! nonnogeppetto
  • Score: -1

1:57pm Tue 4 Feb 14

rogthedodge123 says...

Masterful
Atheletic
Tenacious
Talented

Reliable
Inventive
Tough
Creative
Hungry
Ingenious
Exciting

In other words CLASS
Masterful Atheletic Tenacious Talented Reliable Inventive Tough Creative Hungry Ingenious Exciting In other words CLASS rogthedodge123
  • Score: 4

2:28pm Tue 4 Feb 14

jontee says...

I was very puzzled that Pugh was left out on Saturday for whatever reason, and Rantie started ! How does that work ?
.
Eddie needs to lose the fixation with Rantie. HE IS RUBBISH !
.
But of course to leave him out, he might as well go up to Mr Demin and say sorry guv I wasted your money.
.
Any way Ritchie pure class. Would'nt call him two footed. Pugh is more two footed. But look forward to his regaining best form. I'm sure he will, and hopefully starting with Kermit.
I was very puzzled that Pugh was left out on Saturday for whatever reason, and Rantie started ! How does that work ? . Eddie needs to lose the fixation with Rantie. HE IS RUBBISH ! . But of course to leave him out, he might as well go up to Mr Demin and say sorry guv I wasted your money. . Any way Ritchie pure class. Would'nt call him two footed. Pugh is more two footed. But look forward to his regaining best form. I'm sure he will, and hopefully starting with Kermit. jontee
  • Score: -12

3:45pm Tue 4 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
cheeriedriteup wrote:
An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind!
It wasn't me!!! You can never predict the 'thumbs down' effect on here, leaves me puzzled at times...noooo...that

'll be -2 for that comment then!

What I do know is that Matt is almost unplayable at this level when he's right on his game.
You are doing well your on -4 for being correct! What's all that about , anyway back to the Ritchie storey , the word was that the was a dressing room bust up, this became believable with the Daniels and Ritchie finger pointing minute a couple of games ago, I'm sure this will blow over if it is true and the true Ritchie will be back, anyway it's good to have dips in form and allows the scouts to focus on someone else .
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind![/p][/quote]It wasn't me!!! You can never predict the 'thumbs down' effect on here, leaves me puzzled at times...noooo...that 'll be -2 for that comment then! What I do know is that Matt is almost unplayable at this level when he's right on his game.[/p][/quote]You are doing well your on -4 for being correct! What's all that about , anyway back to the Ritchie storey , the word was that the was a dressing room bust up, this became believable with the Daniels and Ritchie finger pointing minute a couple of games ago, I'm sure this will blow over if it is true and the true Ritchie will be back, anyway it's good to have dips in form and allows the scouts to focus on someone else . cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -5

3:54pm Tue 4 Feb 14

abc100 says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
cheeriedriteup wrote: An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind!
It wasn't me!!! You can never predict the 'thumbs down' effect on here, leaves me puzzled at times...noooo...that 'll be -2 for that comment then! What I do know is that Matt is almost unplayable at this level when he's right on his game.
You are doing well your on -4 for being correct! What's all that about , anyway back to the Ritchie storey , the word was that the was a dressing room bust up, this became believable with the Daniels and Ritchie finger pointing minute a couple of games ago, I'm sure this will blow over if it is true and the true Ritchie will be back, anyway it's good to have dips in form and allows the scouts to focus on someone else .
The finger pointing was Ritchie & Elphick
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind![/p][/quote]It wasn't me!!! You can never predict the 'thumbs down' effect on here, leaves me puzzled at times...noooo...that 'll be -2 for that comment then! What I do know is that Matt is almost unplayable at this level when he's right on his game.[/p][/quote]You are doing well your on -4 for being correct! What's all that about , anyway back to the Ritchie storey , the word was that the was a dressing room bust up, this became believable with the Daniels and Ritchie finger pointing minute a couple of games ago, I'm sure this will blow over if it is true and the true Ritchie will be back, anyway it's good to have dips in form and allows the scouts to focus on someone else .[/p][/quote]The finger pointing was Ritchie & Elphick abc100
  • Score: 3

4:12pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Square Old Codger says...

I suspect that's it's more a combination of his being not quite fit following his injury and the very heavy piches he's been playing on, Fraser is another so effected. It's only a matter of time before both are back to their best, it's the reason they started on the bench on Saturday. Sadly, there seems no prospect of better weather at the moment.
I suspect that's it's more a combination of his being not quite fit following his injury and the very heavy piches he's been playing on, Fraser is another so effected. It's only a matter of time before both are back to their best, it's the reason they started on the bench on Saturday. Sadly, there seems no prospect of better weather at the moment. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 6

6:50pm Tue 4 Feb 14

golfer33 says...

abc100 wrote:
cherrychris75 wrote:
cheeriedriteup wrote:
An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind!
I said it the same time as you. On his day he is unplayable but he had gone missing.. I also think pughy has been on fire recently and was unlucky not to even be on the bench Saturday.
Firstly I am a Pugh fan, but on fire recently are you serious, I think he is a very good league one player and I can see why no other club took a chance on him from the championship, also with Daniels not fit I can see why he was left out/dropped/rested on Saturday as he is nowhere near the player he can be without Daniels behind him
Quitr agee there, he is not championship player.
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherrychris75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind![/p][/quote]I said it the same time as you. On his day he is unplayable but he had gone missing.. I also think pughy has been on fire recently and was unlucky not to even be on the bench Saturday.[/p][/quote]Firstly I am a Pugh fan, but on fire recently are you serious, I think he is a very good league one player and I can see why no other club took a chance on him from the championship, also with Daniels not fit I can see why he was left out/dropped/rested on Saturday as he is nowhere near the player he can be without Daniels behind him[/p][/quote]Quitr agee there, he is not championship player. golfer33
  • Score: -3

8:13pm Tue 4 Feb 14

raybren says...

Ritchie ' s drop in form came during the transfer window period , coincidence ? . Surely must have been some interest in him .
Ritchie ' s drop in form came during the transfer window period , coincidence ? . Surely must have been some interest in him . raybren
  • Score: -4

8:42pm Tue 4 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

abc100 wrote:
cheeriedriteup wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
cheeriedriteup wrote: An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind!
It wasn't me!!! You can never predict the 'thumbs down' effect on here, leaves me puzzled at times...noooo...that 'll be -2 for that comment then! What I do know is that Matt is almost unplayable at this level when he's right on his game.
You are doing well your on -4 for being correct! What's all that about , anyway back to the Ritchie storey , the word was that the was a dressing room bust up, this became believable with the Daniels and Ritchie finger pointing minute a couple of games ago, I'm sure this will blow over if it is true and the true Ritchie will be back, anyway it's good to have dips in form and allows the scouts to focus on someone else .
The finger pointing was Ritchie & Elphick
I stand corrected you are quite right
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: An interesting article, two games ago I stated on here that Ritchie had lost his form, I was given several thumbs down and two user who are on here today praising his honesty slated me on the day, short memories spring to mind![/p][/quote]It wasn't me!!! You can never predict the 'thumbs down' effect on here, leaves me puzzled at times...noooo...that 'll be -2 for that comment then! What I do know is that Matt is almost unplayable at this level when he's right on his game.[/p][/quote]You are doing well your on -4 for being correct! What's all that about , anyway back to the Ritchie storey , the word was that the was a dressing room bust up, this became believable with the Daniels and Ritchie finger pointing minute a couple of games ago, I'm sure this will blow over if it is true and the true Ritchie will be back, anyway it's good to have dips in form and allows the scouts to focus on someone else .[/p][/quote]The finger pointing was Ritchie & Elphick[/p][/quote]I stand corrected you are quite right cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 1

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