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Young Gun Admits To Being Both Angry And Respectful

12:09 am, Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Aleksandar Mitrovic · Ayoze Perez · Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Dec 15, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Liecester Top; NUFC one point above Chelski!!

    Who would have thunk it eh?? What is the world coming to lol

  • 2 SPRINGY // Dec 15, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    the league is mad this season…but makes for good viewing instead of the usual suspects steam rolling everyone and bore drawing each other in the top six…..but cant get over chelsea’s position…..would be so funny if they were struggling al season but they’ll not

  • 3 lesh // Dec 15, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Ranieri to Chelsea by summer at the latest?

    And… A story appeared in the Mirror quoting Perez saying he was aware of Sperz and ManU interest.

    And who interviewed Perez? NUFC Tv no less!

    Can’t think why they would pose a question that would draw him into referring to reported interest in him.

  • 4 SPRINGY // Dec 15, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    lesh coz the transfr window is in a couple of weeks!… to chum the water for the sharks!

  • 5 Blofal // Dec 15, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    Chelsea are going to get relegated. None of their players are up for a relegation fight and already the lack of Champions League football next season will mean most of them are already looking for a new club.

    That’s what you get when you buy expensive players that only care about their careers. Once relegation becomes a possibility they will implode and go down.

  • 6 SPRINGY // Dec 15, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    try and get them in a bidding war

  • 7 SPRINGY // Dec 15, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    chelsea didnt start playing till they went 2-0 down and i think that was just out of embarrassment…but the had enough chances to get at least a draw…they’ll hammer someone soon and that will kickstart there season…..hopefully they put 7-8 past sunderland!!…heres hoping!!!lol

  • 8 Blofal // Dec 15, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Knowing Sunderland they will beat Chelsea. They always do “just enough” to stay up and they need a win. Big Sam will park the bus, play long ball and try and nick it.

  • 9 SPRINGY // Dec 15, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    ya probably right like!

  • 10 Bobbybee // Dec 15, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Lesh, he also said numerous times he’s happy at Newcastle and I imagine – as the questions are scripted – that was just another chance to say it again in public. Assuming Ashley’s statement was right, none of our important players will leave – unless it’s for silly money – a la Carroll. Players will leave, but to make room for better players to join the squad. Macca said he was excited by the plans he’d seen and despite his perceived shortcomings as a man manager, he’s been honest to the fans so far. The window is only a month away, so I’m happy to wait and see who comes and goes. January is notoriously difficult to buy, but if he keeps who we want him to keep, that’ll do me fine. He spent big in the summer, let’s wait and see how the next two windows go. We just might get a nice surprise.

  • 11 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 15, 2015 at 1:47 AM

    Still not convinced by you yet Mitro, takes a few good chances to score 1 and missed another sitter, the one you got a blindfolded Mike Williamson would’ve got. Hopeuflly getting fitter, more PL sharpened and we see improvement over the festive period. No more strops and token jogging around, you want to follow in Shearer’s footsteps then you’re gonna have to work like a mad man.

  • 12 jimmysmith // Dec 15, 2015 at 2:50 AM

    I understand that players want to play at an elite level, and that we can’t really stop them if they get the opportunity. But so few of them actually succeed. Newcastle should be around 6 to 8th in this league, and players like Cabaye, Ba, Remy, Enrique are 6 to 8th level players, and that’s where we’d be and they’d be had they stayed, and Sissoko wouldn’t be agitating, and even Benny might have been an asset. Perez to Man U, ok, but Perez to Spurs, f@ck off, don’t let him go.

  • 13 SPRINGY // Dec 15, 2015 at 3:34 AM

    i sometimes wonder if the players who left and struggled at other teams regret leaving the toon,or if there arrogance stops them from admitting they were wrong and wished they had stayed…..we’d of had a canny team!….but next time a player starts moaning about playing for a so called bigger team….it should be pointed out that several players have wasted years of there very short career sitting on bigger clubs benches when they could of been playing 1st team football with us…..doubt it would mean anything to them as the bigger money will always be the attraction

  • 14 Santon03 // Dec 15, 2015 at 3:45 AM


    Sub coming on: Mbabu, Sterry, Sissoko

  • 15 Santon03 // Dec 15, 2015 at 3:56 AM

    If Perez goes then it has to be for 40+million, because liverpool paid firmino for 30mil and mutd paid for martial 30something mil, depay also in that range and they have done so little compare to Perez.
    They are in “better teams” compare to Perez and please don’t say Lacazzete or Austin as replacement.
    I would rather go with Arma than those 2.

  • 16 Santon03 // Dec 15, 2015 at 4:01 AM

    If we have big budget + from sales to spend then I would go for deep lying playmaker like Verrati and another DM like Poli (hardworking) or Kara (big and strong).

  • 17 Santon03 // Dec 15, 2015 at 4:19 AM

    Dear Santa,
    What I want for Christmas :
    1. NUFC wins
    2. Verrati, Poli, Santon

  • 18 lesh // Dec 15, 2015 at 5:50 AM

    Aye Bobbybee, we may be in for nice surprise….. like the teddy-bears that went down to the woods and had their picnic nicked!

    How’s your back Bobby? You still getting gyp? Let’s hope that things are starting to pick up at SJP and go some way to mitigate the pain you’re suffering!

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Dec 15, 2015 at 6:02 AM

    Good morning Booby,
    A tongue in cheek comment last night as people are sick of hearing about our former manager and it sets you off in to a rage !

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 15, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    Morning Ron…so Leicester is the flavor of this season.

    It seems this season can shake up a few things for alot of teams! Plenty to learn from Leicester especially what a difference a well run club have on results.

  • 21 Lindisfarne // Dec 15, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Colback——–de Jong————Anita

  • 22 Lindisfarne // Dec 15, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    28th ManU v Chelsea
    Wonder if the loosing Manager will be sacked?

  • 23 cyprus // Dec 15, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Will there be more twists and turns this season than ever before?

    This is looking like the best season in PL history. Swans who seemed high flying are now in it. Watford up there, not to mention Leicester and what Chelsea is doing.

    With a couple wins or losses, teams could get dragged into the R zone, or vice versa.

    What more surprises?

  • 24 cyprus // Dec 15, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    Saying forget CL football, you’re joking, or relegation threat is not so cut and dry, it seems.

    Ranieri is right in saying let me get 40 points and then we’ll talk 🙂

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Dec 15, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Surely Mourinho has to be given to the next window to ship out whatever bad influence there is in that dressing room.

  • 26 Ron Knee // Dec 15, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Morning jesper

    I can’t see the NUFC ‘Plan’ changing any time soon!

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Dec 15, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    I thought some people were adamant that 150M was to be spent over the next three windows, now all of a sudden January is a notoriously difficult window buy. What is silly money ala Carroll ? Will people make their own judgement on what silly money is to justify the sale

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Dec 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    ie if Perez goes for 16M, is that silly money because we only paid 2M. We need to be offering Perez a new improved contract straight away !

  • 29 firebug666 // Dec 15, 2015 at 8:01 AM


    I think he has had enough time to be honest, if any other manager had Chelski in this position I think they would have been long gone by now.

    Abromovic is showing patients with Jose up to now, but how long that patients will last is a guessing game.

    Leicester on the other hand are showing that you don’t need to buy up the worlds top players to compete, just players with a good work ethic, a balanced team, and a great manager. Good luck to them this season.

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