Newcastle United midfielder Matt Ritchie has praised teammates Christian Atsu following their 3-2 away victory over West Ham United on Saturday, which helped the Hammers to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time in two months.
Both players were on target, with the Ghanaian claiming the winner to end their two-month run without a win.
“I think the group that we’ve got is very competitive,” said Ritchie.
“Training is very competitive. We’ve got a good group. We’ve got players that haven’t played as much as they’d have liked. Henri’s come in and scored a wonderful free-kick, Atsu with the winner. It’s the sort of things we’re going to need.
“It’s not just 11 players. We need a squad of players, and everyone to be pulling in the same direction. It’s fantastic that everyone’s involved.
“I think the performance against West Ham was very good, although, throughout the season, we’ve performed well and there have been games where you could probably take a point, or take all three, and we’ve been on the wrong end of those turning points,” he added.
Newcastle will on Wednesday welcome league leaders Manchester City who are unbeaten throughout the season but Ritchie believes they can make it two wins in a row.
“You’ve seen already this year that the Premier League’s a ruthless place, and that if you’re not at it, you’ll get beaten,” said Ritchie.
“We need to make sure the desire, above all else, is breathing throughout the team against Manchester City before we can win this game also.”
Newcastle sit 15th on the log with 18 points.