Aleksandar Mitrovic ‘very good’ against John Terry in first league start for 9 months
Slavisa Jokanovic was very impressed with Aleksandar Mitrovic on Saturday afternoon.
The Newcastle loan striker was starting his first league match in nine months, as he got his first start for Fulham.
Mitro and his Fulham team-mates were up against Aston Villa, the form team in the Championship with seven straight victories.
However, it was the Cottagers who came out on top with a 2-0 home win and despite not scoring, despite going close a few times, Aleksandar Mitrovic was picked out for praise by his manager after the game.
Up against a defence led by John Terry, Jokanovic credited Mitrovic with playing a major part in the opening goal scored by the excellent Ryan Sessegnon.
The Fulham boss stating: ‘His (Mitrovic’) movement for the first goal allowed space for Sessegnon to score an important goal’, movement not always seen as one of Mitro’s strong points, certainly where Rafa Benitez is concerned.
The final game of the season win over Barnsley that ensured Newcastle finished top of the Championship last May, was the last time the Serbian striker was selected to start a league match.
With the World Cup finals only four months away, Jokanovic believes there is far better to come from his countryman as he gets fully match fit with regular football at last, saying: ‘He was unfortunate not to play for many months, we expect we can help him to be in better shape for the upcoming games.’
With 14 games remaining, Mitro has helped Fulham into fifth place, now six points off an automatic promotion spot and five above the clubs trying to get in the play-off positions.
“Although he didn’t score, Aleksandar Mitrovic had a very good game for us.
“He held the ball up very well and had a positive impact on the game.
“His movement for the first goal allowed space for Sessegnon to score an important goal.
“Aleksandar Mitrovic was unfortunate not to play for many months, we expect we can help him to be in better shape for the upcoming games.
“Sessegnon is an extremely talented player and we must push him in the right direction.
“He has definitely improved over the season and I expect he will improve in the future. He’s a very important player within my team and my squad.
“We are satisfied with his performance today as he scored an important goal but he must push himself and try and improve each game.”
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