No professional footballer is happy when they are dropped and so it was with our own Aleksandar Mitrovic when he was dropped after the Leicester City defeat at St. James’ Park.
And the 21 year-old Serbian International striker has revealed he was angry when he was dropped by Steve McClaren.
Aleksandar Mitrovic after scoring equalizer at White Hart Lane
On Sunday Mitro came on after 72 minutes at White Hart Lane and was full of energy and running as Newcastle were pressing Tottenham to get back into the game after going 1-0 down just before half time.
And he scored after being one the field for just one minute and 45 seconds (approximately) from a good team goal that began with a Paul Dummett free kick near the bye line.
And then of course Ayoze Perez, another substitute in the game, scored a sensational winner over two minutes into stoppage time to get another famous win – our second in a row.
This is what Aleksandar has said about being dropped:
“I was angry because I spent two games on the bench and I wanted to show that I deserved to play.”
“OK, I didn’t say anything because I respect Papiss Cisse, he played really well the last two weeks and he scored against Palace.”
“And I respect the coach, so I didn’t say anything and I waited for my moment. It came against Spurs.”
“It is hard for anyone to be on the bench but I worked hard and waited for my moment.”
“Every game I want to prove myself and I was concentrating on trying to score goals. I scored against Manchester City and against Norwich.”
“And it is the best feeling when you score and, like on Sunday, when you win in the last minute.”
With both Perez and Mitrovic showing up really well in their sub appearances in the second half on Sunday it’s going to give Steve McClaren a selection headache as to who to start in the very important game at home to Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon – in the late kickoff game.
Steve may even stick with the same side he started at Spurs and bring the two young guns on after sixty minutes or so on Saturday in a game we have to win and mustn’t lose.
What do you think?