Newcastle United face a stern test this season fighting for their Premier League status but fans are in a more positive mood this week after their narrow victory over Watford.
Three points against the Hornets came courtesy of Ayoze Perez’s first goal of the season, which saw the Magpies win at the 11th time of asking in the league.
The mood of the supporters increased further on Monday evening as they witnessed former striker Aleksandar Mitrovic struggle for Fulham, with the Cottagers’ 1-0 defeat leaving them hovering near the relegation zone.
Mitrovic started the campaign in decent form and has five goals to his name from ten matches but has now gone six games without a goal – and Newcastle fans enjoyed basking in his misery after another forgetful performance against Huddersfield.
Rafael Benitez had previously been criticised for offloading the Serbian international but many feel Mitrovic’s struggles have proved him right. We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
— JJ Fletcher (@JJFletcher7) November 5, 2018
Mitrovic starting to look like a fish out of water again.
The lad isn't – and probably never will be – a top Premier League striker.
Too inconsistent, too slow, too clumsy.
Needs about 5 or 6 chances to score one goal.#NUFC
— Burnsie ????NUFC????️ (@BenArfaChance) November 5, 2018
So Mitrovic went missing once again tonight. Our fans actually thought it was a mistake to sell him. Unless he can score 20 goals a season AT LEAST, Rafa nor any top class manager should have to explain why they wouldn't change the way they set up to accommodate him #NUFC
— Pasty guy (@Joeeeeeee_96) November 5, 2018
Did Mitrovic score tonight? #nufc
— Peter Monaghan (@petermonaghan39) November 5, 2018
— Mark Nicholson (@markn1960902) November 5, 2018
Not seen so many "What was Rafa thinking?" tweets about Mitrovic lately.
— David Payne (@TheBoxingWriter) November 5, 2018
Mitrovic looks even worse than when he played for us
— Give Rafa Some Coin ????⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ (@RyanBelly) November 5, 2018
Another shocker from Mitrovic, I think we can all see why Rafa sold him
— Dan Bell (@DanielB00955238) November 5, 2018