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Ritchie leaps to defence of Newcastle teammate Joelinton

Matt Ritchie has leapt to the defence of Newcastle United teammate Joelinton.

The Brazilian striker is being hammered for his lack of goals this season.

But midfielder Ritchie told the Evening Chronicle: "All players can score goals on the pitch, it's not just down to Jo.

"We win and lose together as a team.

"We attack together and defend together - only you boys talk about indviiduals.

"It's not down to individuals at all, it's a collective thing."

He continued: "It's unfair to criticise any player. No player goes out not to score goals or not to do something.

"Joey works his socks off for the team."

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