Matt Le Tissier gives verdict on Newcastle v Stoke, analyses Mitrovic's performance

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Matt Le Tissier believes Newcastle will be disappointed with their 0-0 draw against Stoke City.

Pundit Matt Le Tissier has told Sky Sports that he was a little disappointed with Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic's performance against Stoke City.

The Magpies were looking to bounce back having lost 3-0 at the hands of local rivals Sunderland last week, but were left frustrated at St. James' Park.

Steve McClaren's side laid siege to the Stoke goal, but found goalkeeper Jack Butland in fine form, with the England international producing a number of sensational saves to keep his clean sheet intact.

A point was better than none for Newcastle, but they will certainly be disappointed having failed to beat Butland in the Stoke goal - and pundit Le Tissier admitted to Sky Sports that Butland was the difference between the two teams, and that Newcastle deserved all three points.

"I think Newcastle will be looking upon this game thinking that it's two points that have got away," said Le Tissier. "On the balance of play, they probably did deserve the three points and Jack Butland was the difference."

Le Tissier was also asked about the performance of midfielder Moussa Sissoko, and whilst he praised Georginio Wijnaldum and Ayoze Perez, he wasn't quite so encouraged by Aleksandar Mitrovic's displayy.

"[Sissoko] did alright. I would probably have said Wijnaldum did pretty well for them too. I thought Perez flitted about, got himself into some good positions. Mitrovic flattered to deceive a little bit, first half he looked bright, second half he faded out of the game, and he didn't really get the deliveries into the box that he can feed off," he added.

The Serbian striker has already been a controversial figure on Tyneside having picked up a number of cards, but he put those disciplinary problems behind him to score his first Premier League goal against Norwich City two weeks ago.

Mitrovic couldn't find the back of the net against Stoke, but he put himself about and had a physical battle with Philipp Wollscheid in the Stoke defence - and it seems like only a matter of time until Mitrovic embarks on a goalscoring run, having shown promise so far, even if Saturday wasn't his day.

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