Our Man of the Match Daryl Murphy certainly took his chance yesterday and he hasn’t had too many chances at Newcastle since he was signed in late August from Ipswich Town – and he also got off the mark for Newcastle after just five minutes of the game.
We can see Daryl becoming a good player up front who can both create goals and score goals if he is given more playing time and it would have been great to see how Mitro and the Irishman would have played together.
But unfortunately Mitro was injured during the scramble for the first goal and he was carried off.
Daryl Murphy after scoring yesterday
Lee Ryder of the Chronicle has said it may be just 10 days before he returns, but the player himself has said three or four weeks and there seems to be two deep gashes on and below his knee.
The photo produced by Bilic Sports of Mitro’s gashes on and below the knee
But it’s not as serious an injury as first feared – there is no ligament damage – so that’s good news in itself.
This is what Daryl said after the game yesterday which ended up in a 1-1 draw:
“Yeah it has been a long wait for another start – Wolves in the EFL Cup was my last start.” “It has been a while and a long wait.”
“It was definitely worth the wait but I am disappointed we drew the game.” “Yeah I hope I hope I too my chance – it was always my aim to just get my head down.”
“I knew I wasn’t going to walk into the team or anything like that.” “I was just waiting for a chance and thankfully I have scored today.”
“I think it is good, it is another game for those of us who haven’t really played to get up to speed.” “It is a good chance for us to show what we can do and help out the team.”
“I thought the way we started, we started really well and scored but stepped off the gas a bit and they came into the game.
“It was fairly even enough but to go a goal up and then concede is disappointing.”
“Yeah it was bad (Mitrovic injury).” “I don’t know what happened.” “I have seen the cut, it was a bad one.” “He was a big loss in the game.”
“The two of us up there would have been a handful for their back-line, but hopefully he will be OK and be back soon.”
We’d love to see Daryl given more starts and especially with two strikers up front – so he could maybe partner with Dwight Gayle and it could be a deadly duo if Rafa plays 3-5-2 or 4-4-2.
Of course Rafa isn’t known for playing two strikers up front and he usually prefers the 4-2-3-1 formation with only one striker playing.
And there is still no official diagnosis on Mitro’s injury from Newcastle and no estimate of how long he may be out,but it may be early February before he can return – we’ll just have to wait to hear from the club.