Newcastle United news: Ritchie's message to Atsu, Benitez's verdict on Clark

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Christian Atsu has been talking about his stunning winner for Newcastle United at the New York Stadium.

Atsu's first-half goal gave Rafa Benitez's side a 1-0 win over Rotherham United on Saturday.

The result saw the club go into the international break third in the Championship.

Atsu was given a surprise start ahead of the in-form Matt Ritchie.

And the winger has revealed what Ritchie said to him after learning he would be on the bench.

Atsu also talked about his wait for a start at Newcastle.

Christian Atsu

Christian Atsu

United manager Benitez has explained his decision to start Atsu ahead of Ritchie in South Yorkshire and reacted to Ciaran Clark's performance at the New York Stadium.

Benitez also said there was "room for improvement" at United.

Read Miles Starforth's match report from the Rotherham game here.

Meanwhile, there has been a BIG development at Newcastle's Championship rivals Aston Villa today.