Why Aleksandar Mitrovic had a 'point to prove' to Steve McClaren after being axed at Newcastle

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez

Aleksandar Mitrovic is determined to prove that Steve McClaren was WRONG to drop him.

The striker came off the bench to score Newcastle United's equaliser in last weekend's 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Mitrovic had been left out of head coach McClaren's starting XI for the second successive week.

And the summer signing – who hopes to be recalled to the starting XI against Aston Villa at St James's Park this evening – was determined to make his mark.

Asked if he had a "point to prove" at White Hart Lane, he said: "Yes, absolutely. I hadn't played the last two games, so I was happy when I came on, but I was determined as well.

"Like every player, I want to play for 90 minutes every week, and I don't like it when that doesn't happen.

"But it is the head coach's decision and he picks the right team to win each game. I respect that.

"However, when I got my chance I wanted to show people that I can play well for this team, and that I can score goals, too. Hopefully, I did that."