Aleksandar Mitrovic made a good return to form and scored a brace for us on Tuesday night in the 6-0 rout of Preston North End at St. James’ Park in the EFL Cup.
That took us through to the last eight of the competition where we will travel to the KCOM Stadium to face Hull City late next month.
Please let me take it – please – I’ve already scored one!
Mitro was full of energy in the game but he was in an embarrassing argument with Scottish International Matt Ritchie in the first half as to who should take the penalty.
It turns out that Matt was the designated penalty taker, but Mitro wanted to take it after he had already scored one goal in the game.
Let’s just say it didn’t look good and for once there was a lack of discipline that showed up on the field of play to the millions of viewers who would have been watching the game live on TV around the world.
And then Mitro did score his second goal in the second half, but then off came the shirt to show his black T shirt but then out came the yellow card from referee Andrew Madley and that was a daft booking to get.
Mitro was interviewed yesterday and he tried to explain the altercation with Matt Ritchie:
“Matt was down to take it first,” “I asked him if I could try to score. It was nothing. It was Matt. I just fancied my chance.”
“He scored a good penalty. It was nothing. As long as we are scoring goals it doesn’t matter who scores.”
“I wanted the penalty because I want to score as many as I can. This is my job and I didn’t play at the beginning for a long time.”
Mitro tried to play down the argument and said that everybody knows Matt has a great left leg.
His right one looks pretty good too!
Anyway it’s all over now as the Rolling Stones would say – so we must now fully concentrate on how we can beat Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon.
They will be wanting revenge for what happened on Tuesday night.
Howay The Lads!!