Shay Given suggests Newcastle must start Aleksandar Mitrovic in every game

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Stoke City goalkeeper Shay Given has praised Newcastle forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Stoke City goalkeeper Shay Given has told BBC's Match of the Day 2 Extra that former club Newcastle must start striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in every game.

The Magpies suffered a crushing defeat to Norwich City on Saturday, as having twice come from behind at Carrow Road, they fell to a 3-2 defeat with Martin Olsson scoring a last gasp winner.

The result leaves Newcastle six points adrift of safety, whilst new manager Rafael Benitez is still looking for his first win in charge of the club, in what is becoming a desperate situation at St. James' Park.

If there was one positive from the game - and there may only have been one - it was the performance of 21-year-old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The Serbian international, who joined from Anderlecht last summer, has had an up-and-down first season on Tyneside, but was the hero against Sunderland before the international break, scoring a vital equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

However, Mitrovic was left on the bench for the game against Norwich, before coming on after 62 minutes - and he found the back of the net twice to give the Magpies a fighting chance.

Now Newcastle's most obvious goalscoring threat, Mitrovic has earned praise for scoring three goals in his last two games - and former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given has told BBC's Match of the Day 2 Extra that Benitez must pick Mitrovic in every game, though suggested a knock could have prevented him from starting against Norwich.

"He could have been carrying a knock, we don't know what the circumstances were," said Given. "His confidence is sky high though, and at the bottom, goals are so important - he's got three goals in his last two games. I think it's imperative that he starts every game," he added.

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