Vuckic thrilled with Europa League winner for Newcastle

GROIN STRAIN ... Newcastle's Haris Vuckic.
GROIN STRAIN ... Newcastle's Haris Vuckic.

HARIS Vuckic told of his joy after shooting Newcastle United into the group stage of the Europa League.

Vuckic scored the only goal of the game against Greek side Atromitoslast night.

It gave Alan Pardew’s side a 2-1 aggregate win in the two-legged qualifier.

And Newcastle - who will find out their group opponents today - will now be in Europe until December at least.

Vuckic missed the first leg in Athens with a groin injury, and the 20-year-old started the return fixture on the bench.

However, he replaced the injured Ryan Taylor early in the game, and quickly made an impression, beating goalkeeper Charles Itlandje with a deflected effort from 20 yards.

It was Vuckic’s first goal for the club and some of his proud family had travelled from Slovenia for the game, and the rest were watching back home on TV.

“Finally, I scored a goal - I’m very happy,” Vuckic said.

“I scored a goal, all the team did well, but if we had scored some more goals, the game would have been much easier.

“The most important thing is that we won and the team came through in Europe.

“I would probably have played in the first game, but I had a small problem with my groin. Everything’s good now.

“I didn’t expect to come on that way and I feel sorry for Ryan. I hope he will come back soon.

“I just tried to play simply and get used to the tempo. I played with one or two touches and had a shot on the goal and scored.

“My family - my uncle and cousin - were in the corner and I ran to them.

“My whole family watched on television, so that was for them as well.

“It’s good that you have support. That support came together, and we can celebrate together.”