Serbian international striker Aleksandar Mitrovic got a precious goal and an assist last night in what was a good performance from him and will have given his confidence a massive boost.
The way he slotted home the penalty after 68 minutes to put Newcastle level at 2-2, after we had come back from a two goal deficit shows this lad has the temperament when it matters.
It was a beautifully taken penalty when the 21 year-old was under enormous pressure to score.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scores from the penalty spot
Sent goalkeeper the wrong way
After the game Aleksandar had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“It is a massive result for us,” “To come from 2-0 down and get back into the game is not easy against a team like Manchester United, but we did it and I am very proud of the team.”
“It was an amazing night. We could have gone on to win the game when it was 2-2 but then they scored and we almost lost it – a draw is the right result and I think both teams can be happy with the point.”
“I hadn’t scored in a few games so I wanted to take the penalty.” “I think it was a penalty. Smalling pulled my shirt in front of the referee and he made the right decision and gave it.”
“I was very happy to score, it means a lot for me to score here in front of the Gallowgate end.”
“I always want to score for the fans and they were amazing tonight. We haven’t won in a few games but the crowd were behind the team all game and I want to thank them for that.”
“When you get a crowd like this, you feel like you can do more and win any game.” “St. James’ Park is a special place to play and I’m very happy to be playing here and scoring for this crowd.”
“Overall it was a good result for us but we want to be winning games and I think we have a good chance in the next game if we keep playing this way.”
Good words from Mitro who played his part last night and the pundits are talking about that being one of the best Premier League games of the season.
Pity we couldn´t have won the game as wins are what we need to still save ourselves.
But it was heart-warming to witness such a fantastic second half performance from the boys in black and white.
We are so proud of them.