Matty Longstaff declared the feeling indescribable after scoring on his first Premier League start as Newcastle dispatched Manchester United.
Starting alongside his brother Sean – frequently mentioned as a target for their opponents – the teenager’s goal was the only one of the game, ensuring Newcastle bounced back from their thrashing at the hands of Leicester in style.
The midfield siblings gave a joint interview to Sky Sports after the game, sharing their elation at younger brother Matty’s achievement.
The goalscorer revealed that he had learned he would be making his league debut on Saturday.
“Last night you go to bed dreaming of it but you never think it will happen,” he said. “I’m over the moon, speechless.
“I found out I was in the team yesterday after training, the butterflies started going and I looked forward to it ever since, I was buzzing.
“[The goal] was hit and hope and rather than a placed shot but it’s in the back of the net. You can’t describe the feeling, running away to the fans, it was surreal.
“I thought my first half shot was in but it hit the bar. That was a bit disappointing but to get the goal front of the Gallogate, it’s that little bit special.”
Older brother Sean – already more established in the Newcastle lineup – was equally buzzing to see his sibling making such an impression.
“I’m over the moon. I know how hard he’s worked,” said the 21-year-old. “He’s been the best player in training. He was a breath of fresh air. I couldn’t be prouder of him.
“It was great. Look how lively he was, he made my job a lot easier. He was really quiet last night, he’s usually bouncing around the house shouting. I’ve never heard him so quiet.”
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