Newcastle Hero Identifies Our Biggest Strength This Season


Aleksandar Mitrovic has become the hero for Newcastle again when he scored two goals against Preston North End yesterday at Deepdale that give us a very difficult 2-1 win.

And four days ago at St. James’ Park he scored another two good goals and was the returning hero in the demolition of Preston by a score of 6-0.

After surprisingly losing to Wolves at home the last time we won 6-0 (at QPR), this time we managed to keep our win streak going and it is now up to 7 wins in all competitions.

Long may it continue.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic scores Newcastle’s first goal

The 24 times capped Serbian International (6 goals) has talked about the team and the character of the side which goes to make up what is a great team spirit at Newcastle United this season.

This is what Mitro said after the game:

he 22 year-old “The best thing was that we won as a team.” “We won and got three points.”

“This was a hard away game, and a lot of teams will lose points here, for sure.” “We showed good character and that we learned from last season.”

“We had a good mentality and a little bit of luck, but if you want to win every game you need a bit of luck.”

“It’s important we keep going. We have a few more days to prepare for the next game.”

“It was a good ball from Ritchie for the second goal.” “I had a bit of luck that the defender didn’t react like he wanted to.”

“I knew the game would be hard and I wouldn’t have a lot of chances, so I tried to focus. I had two chances and I scored, so it was good.”

Newcastle are still 3 points above second-placed Brighton & Hove Albion, but we gained 3 points yesterday on both Norwich City and Huddersfield Town, who were taken apart 5-0 on the road yesterday at Brighton and Fulham respectively.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

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31 comments so far

  • banjax

    Oct 30, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    banjax – Re Post
    October 30, 2016
    Oh things have turned around for the best since May 2016. In just five months the turn around at our club is nothing short of spectacular. The change at Newcastle was always about ambition, raising the sights of the club for better management, players and crucially, an owner who could change his ways and it’s so far, so good. My thoughts have turned (from our relegation in May 16) to our prospective promotion in May 17 and the now infamous flying message from Sunderland fans gloating over our demise. No need to say anymore about what goes around, comes around as far as they are concerned and the despicable way they treated Newcastle and the supporters. No doubt we’ll see what comes around for those nasty minded individuals, but the current on pitch performance by their players leaves them pretty much up sh-t creek. Oh how things change. Howay the Lads !!

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  • Slank

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Without being xenophobic which some bloggers will no doubt claim but I’m wondering whether the fact that we now have a squad (more than we have ever had in recent seasons) of native English speakers has helped to forge a greater collective bond between the players.

    It surely must ease communications within the squad and help those who are learning the language and assimilate into the culture of the club, city and country.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Cardiff next and our hero will be back on the bench I reckon if Gayle is fit again

    On the Ritchie suspension .com seem to be the only ones with him on 5 yellows but doesn’t mean they are wrong (though I can’t recall a player getting a yellow without actually getting a yellow but footballs an odd game) doesn’t really matter though Atsu will come in and have another chance to shine

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  • Slank

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    banjax

    Sunderland have been a relegation just waiting to happen for quite a few seasons.

    A club can’t bounce around the bottom of the league year in and year out without eventually bouncing out altogether.

    The directors of Sunderland must look at their northern neighbours and realize that sometimes you have to take a few steps back, reorganize and rejuvenate before stepping confidently forward.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    WW…,
    If you go in to fixtures on their home page it shows the games he was booked.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail
    Whose home page mate? I only looked on the beeb for individual games from Jibs list and I only needed to look at Huddersfield haha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Slank,
    It is much better to rejuvenate with 135M in the coffers, relegation sorts you out is a load of old cobblers.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    WW…,
    NUFC.com’s

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Jail
    Oh right aye I saw theirs how did they know he was booked if there was no card shown though? And why did no one else see it? Haha

    As I say not that important Atsu looks very good too so set the lad on very much struggling Cardiff (I now eagerly wait for someone to drag up some stat that says this will be a difficult game for us)

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  • Mattroge

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Hi

    Can anybody tell me how much better off we are points wise compared to when we last went up? I know we’re in a better position and if things continue as they are I’d imagine we’d be on target to get 100 points.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Mattroge,
    Skip a few threads back and Ed has a table

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  • Mattroge

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Cheers Ron marra

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  • Mattroge

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Cheers Jail as well 🙂

    Four points and seven goals better off and we’ve played all of our promotion rivals in amongst that as well. Things are looking good.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Unfortunately my martoon prediction has us on 98 points, I over estimated the likes of Villa and Sheff Wed

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    I can definitely see us breaking the 106 set by Reading. The Team has had its shock defeats and can only get better as the season goes on. We will also have the advantage of already having played the opposition coming up soon and our UEFA elite manager will know their strengths and weaknesses

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #17

    Where as Brighton might see a different team that swept them aside at SJP.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 30, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    I hope Brighton make it to the PL with us, Newcastle and Hoots getting promotion has a romantic justice to it

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 30, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #19

    WW

    Me too.

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 30, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #20

    ww

    as i live just outside btn it will be great if they finished just behind us

    cant wait for us to be back at the amex, this time round i wont have to watch strolla do his impression of a tree

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 30, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Ron/beer
    I had Brighton down as our biggest rival at the beginning of the season I saw their match as our biggest test (but they didn’t turn up disappointingly) so I look forward to going up against them again

    I’d quite like to see Norwich go up aswell we tend to get good games against them but they are looking shaky since their easy start to the season ended

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  • magpie6699

    Oct 30, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #22

    They always say the sign of a good time is to grind out results when you’re not at the top of your game. There are a lot of games to go so I’m wary of all the comments talking about champions, promotion etc. just yet. We may hit a dodgy spell or game from time to time. But in Rafa we trust!

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  • magpie6699

    Oct 30, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #23

    “good time and grinding??”! Freudian slip or predictive text!? (good team)

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #24

    magpie,
    Any team finishing above us will be champions and record Championship points holders.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 30, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #25

    magpie
    Do u think Bayern, Barca, Madrid or Juve fans feel wary talking about titles mate? That’s what I’d liken us to in this league

    Aye we will hit hard points but so will everyone else, we will just be better equipped to deal with it

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Can’t see Rafa selling Lascelles. He knows his potential and that he’ll be worth double that after a season in the Pl. He’s still young and only going to get better.

    The only people I know in the north east who are anti Rafa are mackems. Top of the table and in sight of a cup semi final? Why on earth would any Mag be anti Rafa? TOF maybe you could tell us why you’re anti Rafa? The anti Ashley thing is based on years of failure, I get that, but why Rafa?

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  • magpie6699

    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Just watched the highlights on (recorded) championship Channel 5 programme. What a SMB that Gray is- presumably if Sunderland had dropped points due to a penalty decision in the 98th minute he would have complained about the referee’s added time. I notice there was just a little joke from Rafa about all that extra tim, nothing else. I thought Preston were rather dirty in the cup game up here – sounds like they continued the goofball / physical approach down there as well.
    We’ve just won away at a team who’ve beaten a lot of top sides recently – can’t be bad.

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  • mindshaft

    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #28

    I would have rather stayed in Prem rather than be relegated , am pretty sure Rafa already had control of transfers etc then – didn’t take relegation for players to jump ship – maybe Townsend would have stayed but Sissoko and Gino would have left anyway and Rafa could have rebuilt
    Still, nice to be winning all these games and a feel good factor around the club … how very different to mackems who already look like a team relegated abd unlikely they’ll be able to bounce back – can see them doing a Portsmouth

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #29

    so the 3 games before hull are
    h cardiff
    a leeds
    h blackburn

    will we see a bit more rotation from rafa with one eye the hull game
    or is it going to be best 11 and bank the points

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #30

    10/11 in the bingo yesterday. Doh! Had Atsu instead of The Gouff on the grounds of Mitrovic playing. Two out and out wingers supplying the ammo… On the yellow cards issue, I also think Ritchie is on five if indeed he was booked yesterday.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Bobbybee,
    Anti Rafa??? It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen written on this blog.

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