One with his left foot and then another with his right, two goals for Aleksandar Mitrovic on Tuesday night.

The Newcastle striker scoring two more goals (watch them below) ahead of Russia in less than three months time.

It should have been a first ever hat-trick for Mitro but the officials failed to spot the an effort had crossed the line in the first half.

These two goals that have beaten Nigeria tonight, means that now Aleksandar Mitrovic has 9 goals for club and country in the last 34 days.

Enjoy

The Mag – Earlier Tonight (Tuesday 27 March):

Aleksandar Mitrovic can do no wrong at the minute.

The Newcastle striker is on loan at Fulham and has scored seven goals in his last six matches for the Championship club.

His club form and regular football obviously doing his international form no harm judging by Tuesday night.

At the exotic location of Barnet in North London, at the Hive Stadium, Serbia took on Nigeria in a friendly.

The match was goalless at half-time but Mitrovic was cheated out of the opening goal.

The Newcastle forward scoring from a corner but the officials waving play on, even though TV replays showed that the ball was clearly over the line.

Eventually the Serbian pressure paid off though, persistence from Aleksandar Mitrovic on 68 minutes saw him power through a couple of challenges before then laying it out to the left, then the return pass was expertly finished by the centre-forward.

On 81 minutes it was two for Mitro and two for Serbia, as the Fulham loan player finished off a move  after great work from Tadic and Kostic.

That should of course have been his hat-trick, what would have been the first one in the striker’s entire club and country career. However, that goal that was never given slightly spoilt the night.

The match finished 2-0 to Serbia and it means 11 goals in 16 matches for Aleksandar Mitrovic at international level.

He was looking for regular football to help him ahead of the World Cup finals in June and so far, the loan move is looking win win win, for Fulham, Newcastle United and Serbia.



  • Mrkgw

    To those that wrongly badge him a Championship striker – guess he is still not good enough? The decision to let him go was none other than short sighted idiocy.

    • Andy Mac

      Or prejudiced beliefs ? One things for sure we’ll never make a massive profit from Mitro’s sale because we dont rate him. NUTS.

      • Clarko

        “Idiocy” and “prejudiced beliefs” are the same thing my dude.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Did you see how bad Nigeria were? They were even worse than Championship. With players like Tadic given freedom to pick out players Serbia shluld have had more. The defending in Prem is streets ahead and the service he would need at Newcastle to get best out of him we simply dont have the quality. So to provide him service we would structurally have to change as a team which would expose us defensively.

      • Mike Adam

        Always the same excuse. How many other strikers in the World have scored 11 in their last 16 matches in International play my friend??? They all play against the same teams.

      • Andy Mac

        Pretty sure Nigeria beat Argentina in November last year ?

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Btw I hope the lad continues improving whatever happens. It will be good for us (well… Ashley) #sigh

  • Ole Kristian

    Those two goals wouldn’t happen in premiership. His a good lad, but Rafa don’t rate him yet. And I trust Rafa’s judgment more than many of you guys. Hopefully this loan will do him good, maybe he will grow from it. Would love to see him banging them in with the number 9 in the future, but he still has a long way too get there.

  • Andy Mac

    Yeah he’ll never score against top class opposition ! Thank God we’ve got Joselu and Gayle !

  • Danimal

    I don’t know whether I’m coming or going with this weird switching between past and present tense…certain writers on here insisting on doing it. While I’m being a pedantic bar steward, you can’t say that someone should have had a hat trick if their disallowed/missed goal happened before their two proper goals. But, other than that, well done Mitro.

  • Mxpx

    I honestly thought he’d be our main man in the championship and when we signed gayle I thought he’d be backing up mitrovic and when I was wrong I trusted rafas judgment and assumed that gayle was a superior striker …i now believe that mitrovic should have been our main man all along he’s the most expensive player in our team too which should be a clue how many clubs leave their most expensive signing on the bench…. Other than spurs I mean

  • Mitros gotta start

    Rafa deserves the sack for his treatment of mitrovic

    • Damon Horner

      get the bedsheets out? I’ll help:

      “FATMAN OUT! ASHLEY TOO!”

      • Mike Adam

        Damon, what are you doing with the bedsheets???

        • Damon Horner

          Splash of paint. Pass to the fans who want a mutiny. I’m just a helpful guy!

          • Mike Adam

            Remember my friend, just because I don’t agree with Rafa on everything doesn’t mean that I want him out like others.

          • Damon Horner

            Absolutely. I’ve never seen that from you, the reaction is over dramatic which is why I teased a bit.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    The maturity to hold his position for the second goal is a big reason why in the next 5/6 years he is going to be a top quality centre forward … and that’s why we paid for his potential at 20 years of age!!!!

    • nufcslf

      Only cha, ching for your fat mates back pocket I’m affraid. He’ll never kick a ball for the toon again.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        “My fat mate”? .. do you mean Ashley? .. the bloke I’ve protested since Keegan EVEN when the side finished 5th under his lap poodle !
        It always amazes me that people like you delight in writing Mitrovic off .. a young lad who genuinely cares for the club and has a chance of maturing into a real threat … and at the same time back flops like Joselu, Hanley and Slimani… why wouldn’t you wish the best for the lad and the club?

        • nufcslf

          For the Cashley bit, I apologize. I honestly have nothing against Mitro and I have thought on many occasions he would’ve gave plenty of defences something to worry about this season instead of watching a hapless Joselu. Hope he has a successful World Cup, but just see Cashley cashing in on him and not getting another chance at the toon.

          • Mike Adam

            Unfortunately I am afraid you are correct. And that SOB Cashley is going to make a profit on him as well.

  • TheFatController

    I think Mitro deserves a crack at the PL again, given he’s scoring lots at a lower level (and international friendlies are a mile away from the pace and intensity of the PL)

    However, because of that pace and intensity, and in the top half sheer quality, I am not sure Mitro is as adaptable as most quality PL strikers are. PL managers will work him out and stick their most appropriate CB on him.

    But in the PL a goal every 3 or 4 games is a good ratio (unless you’re Salah!) if you contribute to the team. Having to have the team built around you is not a quality that makes you a top PL striker however …

    • Popnbgd

      Don’t be a negative Nancy…Always trying to find some poor excuse for Rafa’s decisions….International friendlies do not presume “a way slower pace then in PL”…Your story would be different if Slimani scored 2 goals in international friendly…and btw,pace of the game was very high and Nigeria has beaten some great teams recently in friendlies…

      • 1957

        It’s the standard response to anything Mitrovic does, if he scores a hat full in the world cup some will claim it was due to opposition deficiencies.

        He’s relatively young, not a bad player who doesn’t fit well with Benitez way of playing football…that Hoss does says it all.

        • TheFatController

          Well, there you go then. He’s relatively young. If he wasn’t at Fulham he’d be at Anderlecht. What does the PL know?

          • 1957

            Benitez himself stated he couldn’t go to a ‘rival’ team in the PL unless they paid a huge fee. It’s widely reported one PL club made a bid of £8m to buy but it apparently wasn’t high enough for a player Benitez rates less than the £5m Hoss. You don’t play someone you can’t really expect top dollar for him.

            Benitez may not have wanted him but was worried enough not to let Mitrovic have an influence in the relegation battle, that’s just as likely a reason for his final destination.

          • TheFatController

            Imagine we were looking in on say, Brighton of Watford websites, and there were a lot of fans on them getting hugely emotional about why their manager is ignoring a striker another PL has offered £8m for…

            It’s become very bizarre that a striker of little real repute or stats has become the icon of the club for some. Seems therefore it’s more to do with having something to have a go at the manager with, rather than any rational logic that Mitrovic is somehow being harshly treated and would rip up the PL.

            There’s nobody making the same song and dance about other players not often used. We’ve been beaten by Man City and Liverpool only in the last few months, none of them heavy defeats, yet everyone wants Rafa to play mitro, as though he’d have stopped the rot against city and Liverpool ? That’s some player. Rafa out eh?

          • Damon Horner

            People can’t get past that he is not playing but better than Joselu who has hardly featured himself for three months which seems to be conveniently irrelevant. I agree with you, might be harsh on the player depending on what’s true about what’s said about him and what’s fake but personally can’t see him dragging us up the league. Back the manager for me because he hasn’t let us down yet.

          • TheFatController

            Thanks, however you are going against the bizarre ‘cult of Mitro’, await a backlash.

            ‘He’s not the messiah, he’s just a fairly good striker…’ to paraphrase Monty Python…

          • thewildchimp

            The question for all of the “Mitro slaggers”: is he overall better than Gayle or Joselu, yes or no? You don’t have to answer, but if it’s “yes”, then: why isn’t he playing?

          • Lakeland Mag

            Just face it, this pro-Mitro hysteria is going to continue until the end of the season. Because he’s doing well in the Championship and has scored a few goals for Serbia, he’s providing a convenient stick for the anti-Rafa brigade to beat Benitez with. I have nothing against Mitrovich, am glad he’s going through a good patch elsewhere, and would have liked to see him get a few more games for us to see how we fared with him in the team, but the often trotted out argument that because he’s scoring goals for Fulham means he was bound to have scored goals for us is pure speculation.

          • Mike Adam

            First, it is false that all Mitro fans are anti Rafa. Just because you disagree with the manager on a few things doesn’t mean you want him out. He is brilliant in organizing the defensive end, but leaves much to be desired in the offensive half of the pitch, IMO.
            To your last sentence, wouldn’t it have been nice to find out considering we have only won 4 of our last 22 matches and have been shut out 12 times. The only reason we are in pretty good shape is because at least half of the teams in the Prem are really Championship caliber tgeams fighting for survival.
            Finally, Mitro hasn’t only scored “a few goals for Serbia”. He has 11 in 16 matches.

          • Lakeland Mag

            You need to read my post more carefully, Nowhere does it say all Mitro fans are anti-Rafa, but it is a fact that the Mitro situation is used by the anti-Rafa contingent to have a go at Benitez, and that will continue until the end of the season. Also, I did say I would have liked to see him get more games, just to see how he did, but assuming Mitro playing would have guaranteed better results is pure speculation

          • Mike Adam

            Of course it is, but without an opportunity this season, nothing can be proven one way or the other. Also, it is totally acceptable for people to have a go at a manager if they don’t agree with something he does. In this case, it is being discussed so much because the strikers he plays do not score and Mitro is scoring everywhere else he plays, often. If our strikers were scoring it would be a non-issue but as long as Mitro is owned by the club and our strikers do not score and we continue to be shut out in 40% of our games it will and should be fair game.

          • Mike Adam

            We have won only 4 of our last 22 matches and have been shut out 12 times, That is why some of us have called for Mitro to play and continue to wonder why a manager would continue to play strikers who cannot score match after match when there is another, option on the bench(and sometimes not even there)!!! Albert Einstein’s definition of “insanity” is to continue to do the same thing over and over and expect different results, draw your own conclusion.

          • Mike Adam

            Exactly, why wouldn’t you just get what you could for a player that can’t be trusted, doesn’t work hard in practice, and didn’t start one game all season. Benitez was scared to death to sell him to a relegation rival. Just wait, they will all be calling Benitez brilliant when we make a profit from selling Mitro.

      • TheFatController

        No, my story wouldn’t be different. That you say international friendlies do not presume a pace less than the PL is a little odd. Serbia v Nigeria at a neutral ground is like Chelsea spurs this Sunday? Hahaha

        Why am I being negative? I said he deserved a chance in the PL, but that I doubt he is adaptable enough on the modern game to be a big name striker. That doesn’t mean not PL quality, just not too 7 or 8.

        I base this on the mere fact that, available on loan in January, no PL club took him. I can’t say I can see more than PL scouts and managers.

        But I’m sure you think you do?

        • thewildchimp

          What is the PL pace, mate? ManC vs. Pool, or WBrom vs. Stoke?
          People ought to realise: even if we had a good owner – forget about winning the league. Then why compare your players to Aguero or Salah, when we aren’t realistically competing against their clubs? Sure, I hope for win every time, like all the rest, but at this point, our club needs stability, not the trophies. You’ll find that the likes of Mitro and the most of our players are quite enough for a decent mid-table finish. Stability, then build on it.

          • Popnbgd

            Spot on

        • Popnbgd

          The point is you are no competent to give opinions….You are like a butcher trying to give his opinions about rocket science…Alice in a wonderland…Your opinion is out of touch…

    • 1957

      He probably will get another go at the PL and probably score in the numbers you suggest, but it won’t be in any Benitez team

    • Mike Adam

      Rubbish! Most on here complain that we have a Championship squad becuase Fat Mike won’t spend, right? Probably true, but realistically the bottom 10 teams in the Prem are just teams who have recently been in the Championship and are only playing to stay up. Three will go down at the end of the season and three Championship teams will come up.

      That aside, Mitro has scored against teams on the top as well Man City, ManU, Arsenal, Spurs. But I guess Rafa knows best.

  • 1957

    Mitrovic needs to play in a team that can play to his strengths for me and Benitez approach to football won t do that, so as long as the manager is in place Aleksandar has no future with us…a simple fact of life.

    The Serbian approach is right for Mitrovic, Benitez probably would have allowed Nigeria to have the ball, been happy with sub 40% possession, and look to hit them on the break.

  • steve

    Everything about that first goal was top class from Mitrovic, he worked hard, closed down, laid the ball off at the right time, kept moving and great finish. The second goal showed intelligence, good positioning and another good finish on his bad foot.

    People keep saying that he doesn’t fit Rafa’s system but I just don’t see a single attribute where Joselu is better. Put Mitrovic into the same team and he’ll hold the ball up better, cause the defence more problems and put away more chances.

    • 1957

      Maybe being a Spanish journeyman (8 birthdays, 8 clubs) and bought by Benitez are his most important assets, and he works really hard in training, according to Ryder in the Chronicle, how far the GPS records players running during the week is a factor in selection.

    • Mxpx

      Joselu defends from the front unlike mitrovic which is either something he does naturally and rafa values that or its something that rafa has pushed into his game still that’s what I think rafa likes but I do believe that asking your striker to defend is missing the point in having one

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The more he plays, the more he makes Rafa look like a Mug

  • Damon Horner

    Take nothing away from Mitrovic because he scored them, especially the second where he held back into a good space but let’s be honest, Those goals were shockingly defended and we’d be embarrassed if Newcastle conceded them.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Bollix
      💩💩💩

      • Damon Horner

        because….? three missed tackles for the first goal.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          💩💩

        • Mike Adam

          Damon, how many of our current players could even have used their left foot let alone scored with it like Mitro did. One with the left and one with the right.

          • Damon Horner

            Gayle 5 goals this season have come with a 2/3 split between his feet.

          • Mike Adam

            Yeah those last two even you could have put in. They certainly were not left footed volleys my friend!

    • Mike D

      Chances that Joselu would almost certainly spurn regardless of how shocking the defending is.

      • Damon Horner

        hence the “take nothing away from Mitrovic”.

    • Wor Lass

      Before this year we`ve conceded far worse than that! Think Colo, Saylor …

      • Damon Horner

        agreed and they’ve been rightly hammered. Looking at Lascelles last year and he got grief for far less. Surely people don’t look at this as fair defending?

        • Aaron505

          Most goals come from mistakes and bad defending. Even a lot of Kane’s goals will come from tap-ins, errors, deflections, etc. When someone is scoring bucket loads of these goals you have to say they’re positioning or something is good.

          • Damon Horner

            Probably not worth getting too far into it mate, I know each attacking move has an element where the defensive side could be improved from a fair or pedantic point of view but there are different levels to that, an unchallenged headed own goal is worse than a deflection where the foot could be turned the other way for example.

            I reckon if we conceded the first goal then Dummett or Yedlin or Lejeune’s name (whoever the scapegoat is) would be mud but the viewpoint changes on defensive quality when it’s a goal scored by somebody who can’t seem to do much wrong, I actually did credit the striker, not sure why you’ve suggested I didn’t say anything good about it? you’re “In it to win it” essentially and he was.

    • Mike Adam

      Always an excuse Damon!

      • Damon Horner

        i’m guessing the defending was something you’d accept from us then? I’ve praised the guy, what more do people expect. The defending was shocking and he capitalised, well done to him but not so much a demonstration of quality there in truth. The same gets said when Gayle scores his tap-ins which is oddly fine to say.

        No matter how much some like him, Rafa doesn’t seem keen and isn’t playing him, that’s the reality and we’ve done ok so far, some don’t like it but we aren’t suffering, relegation and i’m 100% in your corner because he is good enough for the PL in my view, i’m sorry though but bad defending is bad defending for me and the first goal is awful from Nigeria, regardless who scored it.

        • Mike Adam

          Right Damon, there is no quality when a striker passes wide moves into space and receives a pass back from outside, then puts the volley home with his opposite foot.

          • Damon Horner

            The goal wasn’t solely because of the quality of Serbia, you’d expect that kind of give and go at international level, they did well with what they did do but what they did shouldn’t have occurred in truth because the defence should have won that ball three times before they then defended in a reactive way, at that point it becomes luck if they stop it going in. I despair though when I remember “Captain Clot” comments for things like committing a foul when we were the best defence in the league and the same nameless people don’t think the defence let themselves down here. I repeat though, what they did do was executed well just at that level it should have been stopped.

          • Mike Adam

            I ask you Damon, how many other stikers in the World have scored 11 goals in their last 16 International games??? Let me again state the point that continues to drive this conversation about Mitro.
            We have a team, whether we remain in the Prem or not, that has only won 4 matches in our last 22 and has been shut out in 40% of our matches. So regardless of how well we defended we only had a chance to earn 1 point in 12 of our 30 matches. Our two strikers that start and play have scored 9 total goals to date in the entire season. The manager had an option on the bench who he refused to play, only 89 total minutes and 21 minutes being his longest stretch of time. I am not saying he is a saviour or anything, but he is and has been well above average at every other place he has played.
            So, why would any manager not give him a run on a side like ours??? And please, don’t give me the typical rubbish excuses. Only time will tell if he will be successful long term in a top league like the Prem, but if we are all honest about the caliber of the teams in most top leagues around the World, half the teams or more are Championship caliber.

          • Damon Horner

            Mate this is not a situation that can be analysed easy in truth, do you agree? it’s just overstated now and broadly speculative. At best, he could score the goals to have us soar up the league when any risk about impact at the back by changing to a more aggressive playing style prove to be unfounded and if his most favourable goals/minutes were transferred to the PL however there is a lot of cloud (meaning unproven but possible rumoured issue, no accusations) there when you consider dressing room atmospheres (club – Lascelles and country – Matic), his personal fitness – media reports, media reports informing the public of fights on international duty with Tomovic and his actual goals/min ratio which would see him score around 12 goals for us per season as the penalty taker and player of every game which sounds more hassle than it’s worth. Reality is he is somewhere in between. I think most fans prefer him to Joselu but best option we can get? some would doubt. Rafa is meticulous and Mitro is passionate, are they clashing? Is the fair advice falling on deaf ears? Is the advice unfair and Mitro is standing his ground? we don’t know. All I know is that the manager holds the power at clubs and he doesn’t want to select him, I don’t feel the manager has let me down as a fan so I won’t challenge on something so speculative and it is speculative and without proven success Is there a way back? No would be unfair, if yes, what has Mitrovic done to win back favour? guesswork though. I don’t have a problem with Mitrovic, I think we all win if things work out better with him and Rafa but this looks very likely to be a Newcastle without him and international goals against Nigeria, China, Moldova etc, where Wales (qualified to one major tournament in 50 years or so) seem to have been the only notable opponent isn’t enough weight for me to think he is a top class player. Let’s hope he impresses in the World Cup and becomes our first choice next year, if not though, we just have to move on because that’s where it looks to be heading.

          • Mike Adam

            Well, he may impress in the World Cup, but will never play on Tyneside again I am afraid. The sad thing is that as part of our squad on this team this year, a team that cannot score he was never given a run, that is all. Yes it is speculation that he would improve us, just as it is speculation on Rafa’s end that he could not perform and be more productive than our current stikers. As long as he remains a NUFC player and continues to perform at a high level on other teams this conversation will continue.
            Only time will settle this, fair enough mate!

  • Wor Lass

    I couldn`t be bothered to trawl through people`s posts to find out but I wonder how many of those who say that Mitro scoring for fun in the Championship and for Serbia doesn`t mean he`d be any good in the PL then go on to clamour for Arma to be brought back because he`s banging them in in League 1? Over to you, Clarko …

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Instead of sitting on his a $$ watching the inept Hoss run around like a headless chicken he`s now playing week in week out so he`s fully match fit & getting sharper by the game.
      Fulham & Serbia`s gain our loss.

    • 1957

      Or indeed pinning their hopes on an injured loanee whose PL record is no better than Mitrovic

  • Arty Hume

    No one is infallible, I love Rafa but think he made a BIG mistake with Mitro. Also IMHO he should be recalled and Slimani sent back home….just sayin…

  • Brian Marshall

    Looks like the kind of striker we’ve been looking for
    Ohhh. He is ours.

  • TheNutJob

    we all make mistakes, but not when you`re on a £100,000 a week
    😂😂😂

  • Mxpx

    We can analyse how poor the defence is all day and I agree but he’s finished them well and positioned himself well all that means is that Ritchie perez and Kennedy need to work a little harder than these serbians to create a chance as I recall though its taking chances not creating them we’re struggling with

    • 1957

      I’m beginning to think Benitez values running around to scoring goals, it’s bizzare to think team selection is heavily influenced by how many kilometres the GPS tracker says you’ve run in training. Malcolm MacDonald would have struggled to get into Benitez team, from what I’m told he didn’t bust a gut in training.

      I remember Gordon Lee once explaining Alan Gowling was a better player because he worked harder for the team

      • Mrkgw

        Well said iro the running aspect. Rafa needs to explain this shambolic decision as he reasoning to date is unconvincing. Everyone has their view however, right now I wouldn’t be devastated were Rafa to leave the club. The stubborness shown is a step too far – it may be absorbed at a free spending club but MA wont”t invest and hence, we are short of quality. To allow Mitro to go to Fulham of all places is indefensible. Period.

      • Brian Marshall

        Gowling the donkey, would make the hoss look world class

  • mactoon

    He will move to another club and good luck to him as he isn’t getting the lickings of a dog under Rafa. It looks as though he just needs a run of games to get going and he’s never going to get that here. He’ll definitely come back to haunt us.

  • NUFCDan

    Rafa has been proved right if we stay up – Mitro doesn’t fit out tactical system which needs a fit, hard working lone striker who can close down from he front. The tactical system has worked perfectly keeping a poor/mediocre teams head above water all season. He wasn’t going to play much so got sent out and loan has done well. This means either he comes back next season and proves in preseason he’s better than he was or FCB sells him and pockets three times as much as he was worth in January.

  • thewildchimp

    I’ve said it, and I’ll say it again: if Southampton drops – get Tadic as soon as possible. The bloke is almost 30, but can pass, can cross, beat his man and score. Also can play in all three positions around the box. Respected international and seems like a generally decent bloke. With a player of his quality, we could actually play some solid offensive football, and he wouldn’t cost us more than 15m.