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Mitrovic believes Fulham better than Newcastle

last updated Monday 05th March 2018, 4:22 PM

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Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic believes Fulham are a better footballing side than Newcastle as he aims for a second successive promotion to the Premier League.

The on-loan Serbia striker says it is more enjoyable to play in Fulham’s charge into promotion contention than it was to help Newcastle win the Championship last May.

Mitrovic scored his third goal in successive games in the victory over top-six rivals Derby and looks to be the icing on the cake for a side who have won 10 games in a 13-match unbeaten run to climb from 17th to fourth — and to within five points of the automatic promotion places.

The 23-year-old, a volatile figure on Tyneside after signing for Steve McClaren for £14.5million in July 2015, almost returned to Anderlecht on transfer-deadline day but flew back to sign on loan for Fulham instead.

How he is loving that decision now as he gets a run of games at the top of a free-flowing football system that offers a contrast to Rafa Benitez’s more cautious approach.

‘It’s a different style we play here,’ he said. ‘The players enjoy the football more than last season with Newcastle, where we knew how we wanted to play, we always played on the results — that’s it.

‘This season, this team, we always try to score more goals than the opponent. Newcastle was more tactically [set up]. We didn’t play as much attacking football as we play now. Obviously, it worked because Newcastle were promoted last season. I hope we are promoted again with Fulham.’

Mitrovic admitted he was a bit of a Fulham fan last season as Slavisa Jokanovic’s side played their way into the play-offs only to fall at the last hurdle.

‘That’s the reason why I came here,’ he agreed. ‘The style, the players, always attacking, always trying to score one more than your opponents, always with a lot of possession.

‘Last season I really followed Fulham. They were the best team to watch in the Championship. We are continuing like this.

‘I really enjoy it. I want to help my team-mates get promoted this season.’

Mitrovic, firing home after Stefan Johansen lobbed a ball back into the penalty area, says there is a belief and freedom that Fulham’s momentum can lead to the Premier League. ‘Of course,’ he said. ‘This is the reason at the moment we are doing well. We know what to do, we know how to play, we know where we want to be.

‘It’s not too much pressure — we want to go game by game. We know we have 11 games, we will do everything we can and we want to be there come the last game.’

Mitrovic echoed the clamour for Ryan Sessegnon to be called up by England after the 17-year-old clinically converted his 14th goal of the season to set up a victory that should have been guaranteed long before Tom Huddlestone’s goal gave Derby hope.

‘He deserves to be there,’ the striker said. ‘There are not so many players on the left wing who score goals like him. I can’t think now who is in better form than him.’

Jokanovic echoes that backing. ‘I started working with him when he was 16 years and two months and I believe he can be part of the English national team for the World Cup,’ he said.

‘Nobody can make mistakes with this kid. Experience is important but he is a really expert player for his age at this moment.’

Scott Carson called for Derby to regain the front-foot attitude that took them to second place before this run of one point from five games.

The former England goalkeeper said: ‘We just need to be hard to beat again and be more aggressive. We have got to show that we are up for the fight and we can still compete.’

Source Pete Lansley at Daily Mail
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