Aleksandar Mitrovic outlines what frustrates him most about Newcastle's play

Newcastle Utd - Gate

The Magpies strikers says he and his fellow forwards have not received enough service from midfielder players this season.

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has told BBC Newcastle, as quoted by the Chronicle, that part of the club's problem this season has been that their attackers have not received enough service from other players.

The Magpies have scored just 31 goals in their 31 Premier League matches this season, a total which is only better than three other sides, and the problem of scoring goals has been a major factor in their poor season.

They scored twice in a game for the first time time in nearly two-and-a-half months against Norwich City at Carrow Road last Saturday, but an injury-time Martin Olsson winner saw them lose 3-2 at the death in the crucial relegation clash.

Mitrovic, who took his tally for the season to eight by scoring both of his side's goals in that game, has bemoaned the lack of quality service he and other strikers such as Papiss Cisse have been receiving from his teammates and called for the Magpies to play as they did against Norwich in every remaining fixture.

The Serbian international told BBC Newcastle, as quoted by the Chronicle: "Me and Papiss [Cisse] need the ball from all positions. Sometimes I am frustrated when have the ball 20 metres [from goal] and we pass the ball.

"We need to finish our efforts with crosses and shots on target. If we play like this we will score goals. At Norwich we played the way I like and need, me and Papiss had a few chances as well. This is the way we need to play every game."

Newcastle make a long trip to Southampton tomorrow knowing that last weekend's result has made their situation a far more desperate one.

Sitting second bottom of the league table, defeat at St. Mary's coupled with a Norwich win at desperately out-of-form Crystal Palace would leave the Magpies nine points adrift of safety with just six matches remaining.

Mitrovic is expected to start again as Rafal Benitez's side take on a Saints team who need a win for their own, very different, reasons as they chase Europa League qualification.

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