Should Matt Ritchie remain on Newcastle United penalty duty? A look back at his spot-kick history

Newcastle United missed their first penalty of the season against Southampton on Saturday – and that has seen fans across social media call for a new spot-kick taker.

Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 4:45 pm
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Alex McCarthy of Southampton saves a penalty shot from Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

When he’s on the park, as he did at St Mary’s, Matt Ritchie is the designated taker but what’s his success rate from 12-yards for United?

Below we take a closer look at his seven penalties since joining in 2016.

Southampton (A) – March 8, 2020 – Missed

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Newcastle had waited 12 months for another chance to score from the spot but Ritchie saw his penalty saved expertly by an inspired Alex McCarthy. It didn’t matter, of course, as Allan Saint-Maximin’s magic won it for United late on.

Everton (H) – March 9, 2019 – Missed

A memorable match for many reasons but Ritchie penalty miss is not one of them as he missed from 12-yards as the Magpies went in 2-0 down at half time before coming back to win 3-2 thanks to a Jordan Pickford error or two.

Manchester City (H) – January 29, 2019 – Scored

Ritchie remained calm under pressure with the scores level and just 10 minutes left to play as he smashed the ball underneath Ederson to send St James’s Park delirious.

Blackburn Rovers (H) – January 5, 2019 – Scored

It was looking like another limp FA Cup effort by Newcastle before Ritchie dispatched into the bottom corner to salvage a replay at Ewood Park.

Huddersfield Town (A) – March 4, 2017 – Scored

Newcastle had to play three of the top four in the Championship within a week and during an intense game against the Terriers, Ritchie cooly finished into the bottom corner to set the Magpies on their way to three points.

Preston North End (H) – October 25, 2016 – Scored

With Newcastle cruising against 10-men they were awarded a penalty which Ritchie thumped into the top corner after winning a long argument against Aleksander Mitrovic on who should take the spot-kick.

Reading (H) – August 17, 2016 – Scored

Newcastle were in search of their first Championship win and Ritchie’s penalty put them 2-1 ahead making no mistake from the spot and setting them on course for a 4-1 win.