22 year-old Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic produced the goods against Preston for the second tine in a short four days when he scored another brace, this time at Deepdale, to allow Newcastle to win a tightly contested game at Deepdale by a score of 2-1.
Newcastle were able to hold off a strong Preston surge in the final twenty minutes of the game to get all 3 very valuable points and we stay 3 points clear of Brighton and essentially 7 points ahead of 4th placed Huddersfield Town.
Aleksandar Mitrovic at end of the game yesterday acknowledging fans
And Mitro showed some self-control and maturity in the first half and throughout the game as the Preston defenders needled him in the first half.
But he didn’t take the bait but he did score two good second half goals. to show his class – another great game from the former Anderlecht and Partizan Belgrade striker.
Rafa will have a headache as to which striker to choose for our next game against Cardiff City next Saturday afternoon at home – between Dwight Gayle or Mitrovic.
Dwight was not available yesterday with a hamstring worry but it would be a pity if he loses his place to Mitro after already scoring 11 Championship goals this season.
It would also be a pity if Mitro is dropped because of his two outstanding performances in the last two games and he’s scored 4 goals too.
Over to you Rafa.
Mitro said this when asked if he thought he would start against Cardiff:
“The gaffer will choose.” “And if I am on the bench I will try to fight for my place.” “That’s all I can do.”
“I knew the game would be hard so I tried to stay focused.” “I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of chances so I stayed focused and when they come to me I scored.”
“I enjoy my relationship with the supporters a lot.” “I arrived here and I have a specific relationship with them.”
“It is always nice when they are singing your name and the feeling is amazing.” “I hope to give them goals and help them on the pitch.”
“We are winning games and when you win hard games and take three points the confidence, mentality and mood in the dressing room is always good.”
“We have to keep trying to work hard for every training session and stay top of the league.” “That is where we want to be at the end of the season.”
The Newcastle fans just love Mitro and chanted his name at the end of the game and the photo above is the 22 year-old acknowledging the terrific 56000 traveling fans at Deepdale yesterday.
They continue to do Newcastle proud.