Aleksandar Mitrovic says that he doesn’t ‘know really what to say to the supporters’ after the capitulation at Manchester City.
On a personal level, Mitrovic says he was desperately in need of his first goal but says that it is no good the team only playing for 45 minutes as they have done against both Chelsea and Manchester City.
The Serbian striker says that Newcastle have to beat both Norwich and Sunderland in the next two matches to get everything, including confidence, back on track.
Mitrovic took his goal really well and looked once again a great focal point for the attacking side of Newcastle’s game.
However, he could have had a hat-trick after missing out on a one-on-one with Joe Hart, then seeing a more difficult chance fly over the bar when a cross unexpectedly reached him.
The Newcastle number 45 was also asked whether he thought other players’ heads went down on Saturday and replied with ‘a difficult question’.
Aleksandar Mitrovic talking to NUFC TV:
“Very disappointed, a bad second half, the same as Chelsea. We dropped too much down too early and didn’t play football the second half. First half we played good, especially first 40 minutes.
“I don’t know really what to say to the supporters…we need to learn something from the game and we need to look forward.
“We have two easier games coming up and need to try to win.”
‘Everybody can see you fight for the team, do you think some players’ heads went down?’
“A difficult question. You get five goals from less than 10 minutes…it is very difficult to play after that. The whole team goes down, very difficult to do something.
“In two games against big teams (Chelsea/Man City) we showed we can play – but just for 45 minutes. We need to play the whole game and play football.”
Two games we must win:
“I’m very happy with my first goal, I needed that goal. I worked hard for that goal and I hope in the next game I will continue that and score more goals – we need goals.
“We have seven days (after internationals) to prepare for our next two games, one is the derby against Sunderland (before that Norwich at home), two games we must win – for confidence, for everything.”