MATTY LONGSTAFF has admitted his perfect Premier League debut was beyond his wildest dreams after firing Newcastle to a priceless victory over Manchester United.
The 19-year-old midfielder was handed his top-flight bow alongside 21-year-old brother Sean and rewarded head coach Steve Bruce’s faith with the winner as a 1-0 victory lifted the Magpies out of the drop-zone.
‘It’s a bit of a dream, to be honest,’ said Longstaff. ‘I went to bed dreaming of this moment and for it to happen, it’s a bit surreal. I’m going to say it’s better. Running away to the fans, you don’t know how loud the place is. It doesn’t get any better than that.’
Longstaff saw an earlier dipping effort clip the crossbar, but he was happy enough with what followed.
‘That one would have looked better but to do it in front of the Gallowgate End was pretty special,’ he said. ‘My uncle and little cousin were sitting in there, so to do it in front of them as well makes it a little bit better.’