A busy month for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
During the month of March the Serbian striker has enjoyed the birth of his first child, scored in the derby and got knocked out!
Interviewed ahead of the game at Norwich, Mitrovic says that when he scored against Sunderland, there was so much adrenaline pumping through his body he just had to keep on running…until brought down by the fan who came onto the pitch.
The Newcastle number 45 says that it was one of the most important goals of his career and that the 1-1 draw was ‘ok’, considering Newcastle hadn’t played that well.
Mitrovic believes that Rafa Benitez can use his experience of fighting for titles to help the Newcastle players cope with the similar pressures of fighting for survival.
Aleksandar Mitrovic talking to the club’s official TV channel:
‘Are you fit and available for Norwich?’
“Yes I’m fine. It was just a kick, I was out for a few seconds but it was OK – I’m ready for another game.”
‘Goal against Sunderland one of most important in your career?’
“Yes, I have a few important goals for both the international team and my last two clubs – this was one of the most amazing moments in my career.”
‘What was going through your mind in the celebrations?’
“I was really happy and I have so much adrenaline, I need to put out everything and I just run. It was a really amazing feeling.”
‘You grew up supporting Newcastle, was scoring against Sunderland what you had always dreamed of?’
“Yes of course, I watched games on television but that isn’t the same as when you are on the pitch. It is very noisy and a really amazing atmosphere. This is one of the best experiences of my life.
“Important we didn’t lose against Sunderland, we didn’t play like we wanted to but 1-1 was an OK result for both teams and we still have eight finals, eight games. First is Saturday against Norwich and we work for that game.
“We need to go game by game because every game is important – the next one is always the most important.
“We need to prepare our body, our head for fight and to try to do everything to win the game.”
‘It was 6-2 in the last game, do you expect it tobe tighter this time?’
“I expect a difficult game, the first half here was difficult and they are a hard team to play against. They fight and play like a team, the chances are 50/50.”
‘How has the new Manager impacted on the team?’
“I think he has been good for the team. He has worked at big clubs, he has experience. He knows how to fight for the title and how to win important games. We don’t fight for the title but we have similar pressures and he knows how to help with that.”
‘Your girlfriend gave birth earlier in March, how is fatherhood?’
“I don’t have (much) time to be with my wife and boy but I have just half an hour to see him before I go with the national team but I am very happy and at the end of the season I will spend a lot of time with him.”