AFC Bournemouth: Matt Ritchie keen to open goalscoring account in 2014-15

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AIM: Matt Ritchie

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

CHERRIES winger Matt Ritchie admits he is keen to break his goalscoring duck and build on his flying start to the Championship season.

The 24-year-old has had a hand in three of Cherries’ eight goals in 2014-15 and is one of just three players – alongside striker Callum Wilson and midfielder Harry Arter – to have featured in all four games.

Ritchie laid on Marc Pugh’s opener in the 4-0 thrashing of Huddersfield on the opening day and sent in the cross which led to a tap-in for Yann Kermorgant in the same game.

The former Swindon man also supplied the delivery from which Wilson netted in the 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest at Dean Court on Tuesday.

However, Ritchie admits he is itching to hit the back of the net after a number of near-misses - the majority of which were from long range - with the closest seeing him find the left upright with a free-kick against Forest.

He told the Daily Echo: “I would love a goal soon as it would give me a lot of confidence and also help the team.

“It’s getting quite frustrating because I’ve had quite a few shots in his first few games. I was unlucky against Nottingham Forest with the free-kick and I had a few other shots as well.

“Part of being a winger is scoring goals and, hopefully, I can make an impact.

“I feel I can be a goal threat and I try and get myself in scoring positions, so if I get another good chance, hopefully I can stick it away.”

Despite playing a key role in Cherries attacking forays so far this season, Ritchie, who hit nine goals last season, played down his efforts and said he was merely doing his job.

He continued: “If I didn’t have assists to my name then there would be questions asked, because that’s my job and that’s what I set out to do.

“I train hard and practise my delivery so that I can give the players in the box the best chance of scoring a goal in games.

“The main thing is to hit good areas and if you do that then the strikers in the box will score goals. “I don’t get too excited about assists because it’s my job and I’m just trying to do my bit.

“I am happy with my own form but I want to get better and help the team as much as possible.

“I’ve got high expectations of myself and I feel like I’ve made a good start to the season, but more importantly it’s been a good start for the club.”

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9:20am Fri 22 Aug 14

coops1965cherry says...

A very honest man and a very honest player.

11 x Matt Ritchie's in the team and you would not go far wrong.

I am not saying that any of our other players are anything less it is just that for me, Matt Ritchie exemplifies integrity and something that appears missing in many modern day players.

Keep it up Matt and the magic will happen.

U T C I A D.
A very honest man and a very honest player. 11 x Matt Ritchie's in the team and you would not go far wrong. I am not saying that any of our other players are anything less it is just that for me, Matt Ritchie exemplifies integrity and something that appears missing in many modern day players. Keep it up Matt and the magic will happen. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
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11:31am Fri 22 Aug 14

cherrychris75 says...

Matt for me has had a brilliant start to the season and has been really unlucky to be substituted, especially against Forest where Pearce took off both left sided players because Matt was destroying them.
On a different note Stockley gone on loan to Cambridge until January. Hope he takes the chance as surely Partington and him wont be able to use the "potential" card for much longer
Matt for me has had a brilliant start to the season and has been really unlucky to be substituted, especially against Forest where Pearce took off both left sided players because Matt was destroying them. On a different note Stockley gone on loan to Cambridge until January. Hope he takes the chance as surely Partington and him wont be able to use the "potential" card for much longer cherrychris75
  • Score: 7

3:44pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Square Old Codger says...

I do feel that our midfielders are more likely to score in away games than at home, counter attacking with pace, as we do, wouldn't be at all surprised if Matt or Junior score tomorrow. We always seem to have difficulty in breaking down a packed defense. Good luck too, to Wakefield and Stockley, lets hope that they get plenty of game time at Torquay and Cambridge and take advantage of the opportunity given them to improve their game..
I do feel that our midfielders are more likely to score in away games than at home, counter attacking with pace, as we do, wouldn't be at all surprised if Matt or Junior score tomorrow. We always seem to have difficulty in breaking down a packed defense. Good luck too, to Wakefield and Stockley, lets hope that they get plenty of game time at Torquay and Cambridge and take advantage of the opportunity given them to improve their game.. Square Old Codger
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4:42pm Fri 22 Aug 14

West moors 1 says...

Richie looks full of energy and clearly wants to score, good pro with a bright future. Shoot more and try outside the box a bit more often will bring the goal and this could be said of all of our midfielders. Back to winning ways tomorrow!
Richie looks full of energy and clearly wants to score, good pro with a bright future. Shoot more and try outside the box a bit more often will bring the goal and this could be said of all of our midfielders. Back to winning ways tomorrow! West moors 1
  • Score: 3

5:32pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Minty Fresh says...

Nothing less than three points tomorrow will do I'm afraid. Lose and I fear the jitters will set in as expectations are so high from the supporters. We were by far the better side against Forest but were undone by two very poor defensive errors. You will not get away with those in this league and the lesson must be learned quickly. Good luck! UTCIAD!
Nothing less than three points tomorrow will do I'm afraid. Lose and I fear the jitters will set in as expectations are so high from the supporters. We were by far the better side against Forest but were undone by two very poor defensive errors. You will not get away with those in this league and the lesson must be learned quickly. Good luck! UTCIAD! Minty Fresh
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6:38pm Fri 22 Aug 14

bobsworthforever says...

Dont let me stop you Matt stick one in the net tomorrow weird comments on here Matt shoots more than most
Dont let me stop you Matt stick one in the net tomorrow weird comments on here Matt shoots more than most bobsworthforever
  • Score: 2

6:46pm Fri 22 Aug 14

holdinkæft says...

Not good enough, we were all over forest but still lost, not good enough.
we are now a top side and these games should be won by half time.
Not good enough, we were all over forest but still lost, not good enough. we are now a top side and these games should be won by half time. holdinkæft
  • Score: -3

7:22pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Cherryfan says...

Probably our best players this season, he is terrific with and without the ball. How he recovers when robbed of the ball to get is back again defies belief sometimes. I would like to see him stay on the pitch for 90 minutes and others be substituted if things are not going our way.
Probably our best players this season, he is terrific with and without the ball. How he recovers when robbed of the ball to get is back again defies belief sometimes. I would like to see him stay on the pitch for 90 minutes and others be substituted if things are not going our way. Cherryfan
  • Score: 0

1:16am Sat 23 Aug 14

ASM says...

this holdenkaeft talks nonsense all the time, he must be a bored wind up merchant.
Ritchie is our star man, he's the most gifted player and he never really puts a foot wrong. When he came back from injury we looked a different team, likewise when Camp was signed. 2 key players.
Goals are a big part of his game because he is so attacking, but I don't expect him to score every week, he is a midfielder. We are only 4 games into the season and he's only played 3 and not even the full 90 minutes. I am sure his goals will come soon enough
this holdenkaeft talks nonsense all the time, he must be a bored wind up merchant. Ritchie is our star man, he's the most gifted player and he never really puts a foot wrong. When he came back from injury we looked a different team, likewise when Camp was signed. 2 key players. Goals are a big part of his game because he is so attacking, but I don't expect him to score every week, he is a midfielder. We are only 4 games into the season and he's only played 3 and not even the full 90 minutes. I am sure his goals will come soon enough ASM
  • Score: 0

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