As reported by the Chronicle, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez was yesterday full of praise for his maverick striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The praise came after Mitrovic scored the only goal of the game, as Newcastle saw off Wolverhampton Wanderers by a goal to nil.
After the game, Benitez said: “I am pleased for him and pleased for the team.
“When a striker scores goals he’s always happy. Murphy was scoring goals, Gayle was scoring goals and now Mitro is scoring so I am happy.”
“He was unlucky not to receive a penalty. Before it was a penalty.
“Afterwards they were complaining but if they had give the penalty in the first place we might be talking about another thing.”
When asked if he felt that the referee was being put under pressure to send Mitrovic off, after the Serbian committed a string of fouls before his goal, Benitez added: “I don’t know.”
“On the TV they said it could be a penalty but the ref said it wasn’t.”
“We can’t change what he did – with the penalty decision and with the foul.”