Aleksandar Mitrovic did not have a good game yesterday and he looked very rusty and short of match practice.
He missed a number of decent chances in the first half and then penalty in the second and that miss gave the Oxford players belief that the could win the win the game, which they did.
But at least Mitro got 90 minutes and at the end of the game he knew he had not played well as he gestured to the Newcastle fans but he still took some stick from the fans after the game.
Aleksandar Mitrovic misses penalty yesterday
Rafa talked about Mitrovic after the game and he pointed out that at least he got 90 minutes and will be close to full fitness after getting a match under his belt.
This is what Rafa said as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“I wasn’t thinking about playing Mitro for 90 minutes, because he missed training for about 10 days.”
“But he was fine, and I wanted to give him some minutes, because he missed the chances in the first half and because he missed the penalty.”
“I was asking him all the time if he was fine, but I preferred to keep him on the pitch for 90 minutes.”
“He was not lucky when he had the chances, but he was working and at least he has 90 minutes under his belt now, and he can be ready for the next games.”
Mitro has not had a good season so far, but once he gets back to full fitness and back in the swing of things hopefully he will start to contribute more as we push forward for promotion back to the Premier League.
The sooner we forget about the terrible display yesterday the better and two wins against QPR on Wednesday night and Derby County and Steve McClaren on Saturday afternoon should raise the Geordie spirits – which are really low at the moment.