Aleksandar Mitrovic has admitted that he was wrong to try and wrestle the ball off team-mate Matt Ritchie to take a penalty for Newcastle United on Tuesday.
Mitrovic had attempted to take the spot kick off Ritchie after the latter had won the Magpies a spot kick in the 6-0 EFL Cup drubbing of Preston North End.
Ritchie, who is the club's designated penalty taker, refused to hand over the ball to Mitrovic, and the striker stormed off in a huff as the winger converted from 12 yards.
In the wake of the game, the Daily Mirror published quotes from the Serbia international, who said he should not have tried to take the ball off Ritchie - despite insisting he felt that he would have scored it anyway.
He said: “Matt was down to take it first. I asked him if I could try to score. It was nothing. It was Matt’s. But I just fancied my chance. He scored a good penalty. As long as we are scoring goals it doesn’t matter who scores.
“I wanted the penalty because I want to score as many as I can. This is my job and I didn’t play at the beginning for a long time.
“But he took the penalty really well, and I am happy for him. He chooses to take it and it was good.”
Mitrovic went on to net in the demolition of Preston at St.James' Park, and Ritchie later added that the 21-year-old striker was a good lad to have around the dressing room even if he had attempted to steal the limelight off the ex-Bournemouth star.
He said: “I’m the penalty taker! Mitro is a striker, everyone wants to score as many goals as possible. I’ve been on penalties since Dwight missed one early doors. I wasn’t going to give it up.
“Mitro is a great lad. He’s bubbly, lively, he’s great to have around the place. He’s a top striker and when he plays, he’ll score goals for sure.”
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