Teammate Vurnon Anita, thinks that the two yellow cards Aleksandar Mitrovic picked up instantly in his first two appearance off the bench for Newcastle, contributed to the red card against Arsenal.
In the 16th minute the referee couldn’t get his hand in his pocket fast enough to send Mitrovic off and along with Steve McClaren, Anita believes that Andre Marriner was ‘too easy’ with his cards right throughout the game.
The Newcastle midfielder though says that the team fought right to the very end of Saturday’s match and if they keep that fighting spirit alive, then they can keep on improving.
Vurnon Anita thinks that throughout the opening four Premier League games there are a lot of positives to take from them, with the team now needing to build on those.
Vurnon Anita talking to NUFC TV:
“It was very hard after 15 minutes and we had one man less, Arsenal are a team who keep the ball very well and even with 11 men it is hard, so we had to fight until the end.
“We had to be sharp and let them know that we are here – I think sometimes it was a little bit too easy for the referee (to wave his cards around). Overall though, we fight hard but unfortunately we lost the game.”
Quickie for Mitrovic:
“He (Mitrovic) is a very nice guy and I think everybody thinks he’s got a little bit of a reputation because he made some fouls, maybe that is why the ref gave him a quickie red card.”
Keep on fighting:
“But we fought together and we have to keep the fighting spirit alive, keep going an improve.
“The first four games in the Premier League we fought well and we can take a lot of positives, now we need to build more on the good things.”