Aleksandar Mitrovic made it 10 goals in the last 45 days as his strike gave Fulham the win at Sheffield Wednesday.

They are now guaranteed a play-off spot and are only two points off automatic promotion.

As well as scoring for Serbia at the end of March, Mitro now has nine goals in his last nine Fulham matches.

The Cottagers winning nine and drawing three of the 12 games the Newcastle loan striker as been involved in.

Whilst Newcastle were winning 2-1 at Leicester and Ayoze Perez scoring his fourth league Premier League goal of the season to clinch the three points, Aleksandar Mitrovic was scoring his 10th league goal of the season.

This took him joint top when it comes to Newcastle players scoring league goals this season for NUFC and/or out on loan, with 10 in total – one for NUFC and nine now for Fulham.

Adam Armstrong played the full 90 minutes as Blackburn won 1-0 and stayed top, four points clear now of those outside the automatic promotion spots though he couldn’t add to his record of eight goals in the previous eight games.

NUFC midfielder Sean Longstaff did get on the scoresheet though, scoring his seventh of the season a Blackpool hammered Bradford 5-0, Newcastle’s Alex Gilliead a second half sub for Bradford.

Get West London:

‘Fulham struggled to find their rhythm in the second half as the home side pressed, and they probably should’ve taken the lead when Frederico Venancio popped up at the back post, but he fluffed his lines at the key moment.

However, it was Mitrovic who netted the goal for Fulham when he got on the end of Sessegnon’s cross to send the fans behind that goal into raptures.

Another Aleksandar Mitrovic goal gave Fulham all three points at Hillsborough to cut the gap to Cardiff City in second to just two points.

Match Ratings – Mitrovic 7:

Had a header saved by a brilliant save, but not a great game from Mitrovic this afternnon. Great finish to give the side the lead.’

Newcastle players with most goals so far this season:

10 Aleksandar Mitrovic (1 Newcastle United and 9 Fulham)

(5 Championship matches remain, plus potential play-off games)

10 Adam Armstrong (1 Bolton and 9 Blackburn)

(6 League One matches remain, plus potential play-off games)

9 Ivan Toney (4 Wigan 5 Scunthorpe)

(6 League One matches remain, plus potential play-off games)

7 Sean Longstaff (7 Blackpool)

(5 League One matches remain, plus potential play-off games)

5 Dwight Gayle

(6 Premier League matches remain)

4 Joselu

(6 Premier League matches remain)

4 Ayoze Perez

(6 Premier League matches remain)



  • Damon Horner

    Pleased for the lad. Best case scenario if we’re doing well and so is he.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Best case scenario is he keeps banging the goals in and they get promoted………he’d be an absolute essential signing for them……and I think he’d be worth a lot more than the reported £13 million Ashley was supposed to be looking for previously…..plus they’d have the cash to splash….Cairney or Sessegnon would be good swaps….though I doubt they’d be letting their best players leave,if promoted..

      • thewildchimp

        We could get £20-25m for Mitro easily, depending on if we sell before the WC and how well does he perform, if we sell after. Not a chance we could get those two: they could be sold to top 6 clubs for much more than what we are prepared to pay.

  • Steven05

    So we sent at player out on loan to improve his game, get more playing time – come back a better player or a player who is worth more in the transfer market

    Beckham and Kane did this

    In the time since he left ON LOAN, Newcastle’s form has pretty much been outstanding

    So in conclusion – Rafa has done the perfect thing, everyone is happy!

    Meanwhile, how about that Dummett fellow, and Perez, Shelvey, Diame, that big commanding goalkeeper, Kennedy, Ritchie, Gayle, Lascelles, Leujeine, Yedlin…

    I’m proud of Newcastle United’s players and manager

    Newcastle, Newcastle, Newcastle

    • Damon Horner

      Shame really he has been used as a weapon to have a go at Rafa and some of the players. Should really be more positivity towards his success.

      • Steven05

        Totally agree. Surely it’s a win win situation all round.

        • Mrkgw

          Problem is that he has settled into London with his family and wants to stay there. We have lost him big time.

    • Mike

      thank you for some positive comments. Rafa and the players have done wonders…how folk on this site can slag them off i despair.

      • Jezza

        Spot on. The way some people are going on you would think that since Mitro was shipped out we’d gone on a disastrous losing run and had fallen into desperate relegation trouble.

        • thewildchimp

          The club is bigger than any individual player, including Shearer and Super Mac. My biggest fear, however, is that we will lose our currently best asset in the striking department and our owner will pocket the money and get us Joselu M1.1.

          • Jezza

            If you are saying Mitro is our best striker I would have to say that is open to debate though I think we can all agree that we are woefully deficient in the striking department and have been for years. We have certainly done alright without Mitro this season and for that reason as much as any there will be no replacement when he is sold this summer, not even another Joselu.

          • thewildchimp

            I agree. As far as Mitro goes, he wins in strength, passing, technique, aerial, positioning and scoring (although with a different Newcastle team) departments, loses in pace. Now, if Benitez sold him and got someone equal or better, I’d say: “No problem.” But what you said is the most likely thing to happen, Benitez would then leave and we’ll get God-knows-who to try to get us up with Joselu and Gayle. And possibly Armstrong. I know I shouldn’t be worrying about the next season before this one’s over, but I just can’t shake off the feeling we’ll be swimming “chin up” in sh’t again…

          • Jezza

            You’re not the only one worrying about the near future. I’m finding it hard to get as excited as I should be about our excellent performances, winning run and league position because I’m absolutely dreading what’s going to happen in the summer.

  • relaxed

    Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal there have been constructive talks between Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley’s representatives and Staveley over the past few weeks.

    Ashley ended all discussions with the group in January accusing them of a publicity stunt when they failed to come anywhere near his £350 million asking price.

    He believed there were too many clauses inserted in the PCP offer including one which would have seen Ashley miss out on a £100 million instalment if Newcastle were relegated.

    But now with Premier League security looking more and more likely PCP are ready to increase their offer and move closer to Ashley’s valuation of the club he bought 11 years ago.
    He views keeping Newcastle in the Premier League as one of his best achievements but doesn’t want to face the same scenario next season.

    Staveley’s group are committed to backing Benitez with a substantial transfer war chest if they wrest control of St. James’ Park and will immediately reward him with a new lengthy contract.

    • Steven05

      Honestly I believe it will happen (admittedly my heart more than my head)

      Will I be labelled a deranged mug!?

    • Mike

      ha ha and Santa is real…………….i dont believe a word of it. who has Staveley got to invest? she has no money

  • Desree

    Great result and performance yesterday, shame you missed it watching Fulham.

    • Jezza

      Spot on. The only goals that mattered this weekend were scored by Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez.

      • Desree

        It just shows how great a manager rafa is that he can get us top half of the table and not even need the mighty Mitrovic..
        We have a group of players who give 100% every game. It is going well for Mitro and Fulham. When things aren’t going well is when you really see a players character.
        It has been a long time since I felt this proud about a group of players. Maybe beating Man Utd 3-0 in 2011.
        It would be nice if we could focus on that vs an average player who has done very little at the club but kiss a badge.

  • Mrkgw

    I’d have been happy all round if this loan were to benefit the club and he came back that bit sharper etc. But, he has thrown it back at us stating that he now wants to leave. Typical. But, lets hope that this takeover comes off and with Premiership safety now near enough assured, the club can get back to where it belongs.

    • TheNutJob

      he`s got to leave, he has no choice if he wants to play regular football

      • Mrkgw

        Agreed. At the same time though, I reckon he could still have had a future with us. Typically though, Fulham have taken to him and vice versa, with his statement yesterday confirming that he wants out of Newcastle. I’m disappointed but, thats football these days. No loyalty anymore.

        • TheNutJob

          he`s been forced into a corner, at his age and an international he can`t sit on the bench. it he got game time it wouldn`t enter his mind to leave

          • Mrkgw

            I’m disappointed as I personally, wanted him to stay with us. But, looks near enough concluded in the sense that Rafa doesn’t want him. At the same time, can Fulham now afford him?!

          • Mike Adam

            I am too, but it isn’t meant to be. He will move on to Fulham or somewhere else. Then time will tell us if he really can be a successful striker in a top league.

          • GlasgowMag

            Thats a shame guys Mitro has left the building but to be honest Perez was always the better player😂😂😂

          • Mike Adam

            That is your opinion, and I respect it. But why can’t you respect ours???

          • GlasgowMag

            I do respect your opinion but Mitro has had his opertunity time for new blood. Hopefully fat boy will be history and we can have a proper number 9 not a striker that has 2 numbers to make up the real striker we need!!!

          • Jezza

            Finally the voice of reason.

          • thewildchimp

            They can. Shahid Khan owns several sports “franchises” in America. The only requirement to stay in the American leagues (doesn’t matter which sport it is) is that you have enough money for the next year. That means he’s loaded and very willing to invest.

        • Stephen Paylor

          are you being serious, he has sat patiently on the bench for 2 years. Good luck to him

        • thewildchimp

          I recon that Jokanovic, originating from the same club as Mitro, actually knows how to use him. I’ll never understand why top managers like Benitez and Mourinho are so obsessed with single patterns.

    • Mike Adam

      Why should he want to come back? 89 minutes in half a season.

    • Mxpx

      I’m not sure I see it as him throwing it back at us I mean if you were mitrovic would you be willing to not get onto the bench behind joselu and gayle it’s ridiculous that he isn’t first choice and I don’t think it’s reasonable of us to expect him to put up with it

    • Wor Lass

      Are you surprised?

    • thewildchimp

      It was bound to happen. I hoped, but didn’t actually expect that his love for Newcastle was a bit stronger than his love for playing games. Now, if we had a different kind of owner, I’d say: “Well, at least we’ll get decent money and invest in other good strikers.” That’s the real problem. And if Rafa quits, after he successfully hounded out our only proper CF…

  • TheFatController

    Now we are virtually safe with 6 games to go, it may be that we can experiment with more styles of play.

    I think playing Slimani would have the advantage of seeing how we can play with a big mobile target man who has scored plenty throughout his career, see how he and Perez link up etc

    The signing of a striker in the summer is likely to be our biggest ever signing, so is huge for the future of the club – if we get the right man, next season should see us able to play with a few more systems and ideally turn this season’s draws into wins.

    • Jezza

      Don’t get excited. Mark my words, NUFC will not sign a striker in the summer. I guarantee it. There will be no money for new signings. The Lascelles and Mitrovic money will disappear into Fatty’s pocket. The only “new” striker we will get will be Adam Armstrong back from loan.

      • Mxpx

        Completely agree unless we can find someone cheap to replace joselu then he’ll be off to his next club we will probably bring in a defender though and saivet will be back to replace merino

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Outstanding from the lad

  • TheNutJob

    Mitro v Jamaal next season. now would be worth seeing, wouldn`t it
    😂😂😂

    • thewildchimp

      It would be quite funny if none of them were playing for Newcastle in that match. I mean, it wouldn’t really, but you get the point… :)

  • TheNutJob

    Fatty must be loving it, he`ll get the asking price then it`s off to
    the old Bull & Bush with little Den & JFK giving it 6 nought with another £20m in his slush fund
    🐷

  • Natturner26

    Meanwhile, it’s lucky for us Rafa has figured out how to win with 10 men with Gayle and Joselu being absolutely useless this season. Excited to see what we can do with Slimani rest of the season. Playing with an extra man should improve our performances.

  • Wor Monga

    Lots of goals and goal scorers down there because the defences are nowhere near PL level, but anyway we’ve lost all interest in the Championship now the top end of it that is…because “we are staying up, and the mackems are going down, down again”!!!