Haris Vuckic

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


West Bromwich Albion is a fixture which holds fond memories for teenager Haris Vuckic, and the midfielder is hoping to go one better against the Baggies on Sunday.

Vuckic made his first Premier League start against the West Midlands outfit back in December, but despite impressing in the centre of the park and hitting the bar with an outrageous long-range effort, United fell to a 3-2 defeat.

A loan spell at Cardiff City followed, but now back on Tyneside and on the bench for the Magpies' last two matches, Vuckic is determined to hit the back of the net if given the opportunity at the Hawthorns.

"It was my full debut in the Premier League. It was a bad result but I think we played okay on the night," the Slovenian international told nufc.co.uk.

"I hit the crossbar, which was unlucky, but hopefully if I get the chance to play on Sunday I will score a goal to make up for that.

"It was good experience for me - my Premier League debut. My confidence went higher and higher every minute, so I know that I learnt a lot from it. I can play better though - you can always play better - but I think I did a good job on the night."

Victory against Norwich last weekend brought to an end Newcastle's run of four games without a win, and they travel to West Brom keen to record back-to-back victories and strengthen their case for a European spot.

"It will be very tough for us against West Brom," said Vuckic.

"We are away from home, so it is always harder to play away. We just need to make sure we are solid, compact, together and try to win the game.

"Our spirits are very good after Norwich. The lads are confident, we are training well and are well prepared for Sunday's game."