One of the highlights of the game on Saturday was the form of Aleksandar Mitrovic and it looks like Newcastle could have a top player on their hands this season – he made a huge difference to the team and that´s saying something, especially since he has only just turned 21.
Another positive was the partnership with Ayoze Perez and it looks like these two will be the strike partnership for Newcastle this season – and they worked very well together first time out.
A great shot of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez
The Serbian is a real character!
Ayoze Perez scored his first goal of the season and it shouldn´t be too long before Aleksandar gets on the goal trail – maybe at Manchester City next Saturday?
The physical presence of the Serbian takes some pressure off Perez and he can get into spaces and we know the Spanish striker can score when he gets a chance – his goal on Saturday was excellent.
Ayoze has talked to the Chronicle today about his promising partnership with the Serbian:
“We felt comfortable together.” “Mitro and me worked closely together.” “With balls like Vurnon’s into the box we will score many goals.”
“He´s a really good player.“ “We have a good connection with each other.” “We have to take advantage of it.”
“I was really happy to get my first goal of the season but at the same time a bit sad because we dropped two points.”
“Maybe it was one of the harder chances.” “But it went in so I was happy to get it.” “It helps the team by scoring and that’s my job as a striker.”
“It’s another tough game for us next Saturday.” “But we must keep up the standards and work-rate.” “If we do then we will be a very good team.”
“I remember three games again after Arsenal and even after Old Trafford, saying, ‘Boys, we’ve got a team in here.”
“It might not start to win yet, it might take a while, but we have got a team in here.” “That’s the standard.”
With Newcastle looking dangerous up front at last, that provided a threat and it took the pressure off the rest of the side.
At last we seem to have a couple of strikers who can work well together, and they are both very young.
The defense looked solid again and it was great to see Kevin Mbabu turn in such a great game playing out of position at left back on his Premier League debut.
The goal for Newcastle has to move up the table before the end of the year and while the game at the Etihad may be tough, Manchester City have lost their last two games so if we can score first – then who knows what may happen.
We´re still a bit nervous being one place off the bottom of the league.
It´s the two week International break coming up after next weekend, so a decent result would be great.
Ayoze´s right in that we must turn up for every single game now, especially against the lesser sides in the Premier League so we can start to pick up some wins.
If we can play like we did last Saturday we could even get something out of the game on Saturday.