Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic dedicates weekend goal to Magpies' fitness coach

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The Serbian is showing glimpses that he may be starting to come good for his new club, after a rocky start.

Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has revealed that he ran over to the bench to celebrate after scoring the equaliser in the win against Tottenham as he had dedicated the goal to the Magpies' fitness coach, the Newcastle Chronicle reports.

The Chronicle claims that Alessandro Schoenmaker has been working with the Serbian over the past few weeks after concerns arose over the 21-year-old's fitness upon his return from the international break. And it appears Schoenmaker's work is starting to reap rewards.

After falling behind to an Eric Dier header, Steve McClaren's side came away from White Hart Lane with all three points as firstly Mitrovic and then Ayoze Perez came off the bench to get on the scoresheet. The former Anderlecht man explained what Schoenmaker said to inspire him to make an impact.

"I work with him every day," he is quoted as saying by the Chronicle.

"Before I went on the pitch he said I would score. I did score and this was a goal for him and for my team-mates. We are very happy but we need to continue to work like this and prepare for each game."

Like his team, Mitrovic began the season poorly. A couple of rash yellow cards in his opening two appearances for the club were inevitably followed by a dismissal in the defeat to Arsenal.

However, he has worked to improve his discipline - with only one more caution shown in his direction since that game in August - and has started to find his shooting boots, with his goal against Spurs being his third for Newcastle. 

And with bottom side Aston Villa next up for McClaren's men, Mitrovic will be hoping he can help strengthen United's survival hopes, while also denting those of one of their relegation rivals. 

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