Mitrovic debut ends in defeat as careless Newcastle crash to York

Newcastle United's Siem de Jong and  Aleksandar Mitrovic (right) react after York City score
Newcastle United's Siem de Jong and Aleksandar Mitrovic (right) react after York City score
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Aleksandar Mitrovic’s Newcastle United career got off to a losing start at Bootham Crescent tonight.

The striker, signed from Anderlecht this month in a £13million deal, was handed his debut against York City.

But Steve McClaren’s side were beaten 2-1 by the League Two club.

Ayoze Perez was on target for Newcastle, who trailed by two goals at the interval.

McClaren left a number of his first-team players, including Jack Colback, Daryl Janmaat, Moussa Sissoko and Tim Krul, back on Tyneside.

After a making a bright start, Newcastle went behind to a 16th minute Anthony Straker goal.

A triliast put York 2-0 up four minutes later, and United were fortunate to go into the break trailing by only two goals.

McClaren’s side were careless with and without the ball in a costly 20-minute spell.

But Newcastle, backed by around 1,750 travelling fans, improved after the break, and Perez pulled a goal back from close range in the 75th minute after Jamaal Lascelles flicked on a corner to him at the far post.

United, however, couldn’t force an equaliser in the dying minutes.

YORK CITY: Flinders, McCoy, Berrett, McCombe, Summerfield, Oliver, Penn, Straker, Lowe, Winfield, trailist.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow (Elliot, 46); Bigirimana, Satka, Lascelles, Ferguson; Abeid, Gouffran, Aarons (Kemen, 58), de Jong, Perez; Mitrovic (Suddick, 68). Subs not used: Johnson.

Goals: Straker 16, trialist 20, Perez 75

Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland)

Attendance: 5,406