It was really great to Aleksandar Mitrovic start in Tuesday night’s 6-0 win against Preston in the League Cup and late last night we drew Hull away in the quarter finals and so we must have a decent chance of reaching the semi-finals.
Mitro now has three goals this season, two in the League Cup and one in the Championship, but it looks like Dwight Gayle will get a start on Saturday at Deepdale, although Rafa usually bring Mitrovic on in the second half.
It’s a game we must win and not collapse like we did the last time we won 6-0 at QPR in mid-week.
Aleksandar Mitrovic after scoring first goal against Preston
Aleksandar has made 8 appearances (3 starts) for his 3 goals this season.
The 22 year-old Serbian was interviewed after the game on nufcTV and he was surprisingly low key as he had this to say:
“It was good night for me,” “It was a long time since I started a game so I was happy to start and to get two goals. They were nice goals.”
“I could have had one or two more but it doesn’t matter. My job is to score and create goals, I am happy.”
“It’s not been easy for me as a striker because you have Dwight Gayle who is scoring every game. I say I love Dwight.”
“I like him a lot as a person and as a player. I will keep going and that’s all I keep saying.”
“I am working hard. If you are a good player you have to push yourself until you get your chance. I am doing that. I hope that when I get my next chance I will score and do well again.”
“The fans are the reason I came to this great club,” “It’s unbelievable, especially when you score here.” “My heart is full for this club, I couldn’t be happier when I score goals for these fans and this club.”
“When you hear the whole stadium sing your name it really is unbelievable. I have heard them sing ‘Mitro’s on Fire’ and it really is unbelievable. I have not felt like this for a long time.”
“I had really good fans behind me at a really big club like Anderlecht and Partizan as well.” “But here you get 52,000, when you were a boy you dream about things like this.”
“I have scored goals for Partizan, Anderlecht and now here, all three clubs are amazing.”
“But when 52,000 people sing your name you have to be on the pitch to feel this.”
“It is unbelievable.”
Mitro was easily our Man of the Match in the Preston game and he got a good 65% of the vote.
The 22 year-old has terrific potential and we are hoping Rafa Benitez can bring it all out and make Mitrovic into one of the Newcastle greats in the future.
Here’s a video of the crowd singing Mitro’s on Fire on Tuesday night.