Another three goals this afternoon to make it 12 goals in the last 3 home games and another 3 points for Newcastle this afternoon, when they rather easily defeated Preston 3-0.
And Newcastle got off to a great start, and it was that man Peter Lovenkrands again, who notched his 10th goal of the season after just 3 minutes – a terrific start for the Magpies.
Captain Alan Smith won the ball well and then slipped a nice pass inside to Lovenkrands, and the Danish International skilfully chipped the ball over the Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan and it was 1-0.
But then some bad news after 14 minutes, as Lovenkrands seemed to get a hamstring injury and was replaced by Leon Best. We have to hope Peter is not too badly injured as he seems to be scoring goals for fun these days.
But Newcastle couldn’t add to that lead and then just before the break Preston striker Jon Parkin came so close to leveling the scores, but his excellent shot was just inches wide of Harper’s far post.
With just a single goal lead, Newcastle would never be comfortable, and after 55 minutes got the important second goal and a bit of a cushion.
Alan Smith had the ball in the penalty area, and the captain saw Nolan running through and Alan provided the perfect pass to the Liverpool-born midfielder, and Kevin didn’t miss an easy chance to get his 12th goal of the season. Good play by Smith and Nolan.
Newcastle were now bossing the game and would you believe substitute Ryan Taylor, for the second successive game, scored in injury time, for his 4th goal of the season.
In almost a repeat of Newcastle 4th goal on Wednesday night, Fabrice Pancrate and Ryan Taylor combined for a late goal. Fabrice again provided the cross and Ryan Taylor tucked the ball into the back of the net.
This is what using your squad is all about, as for the second game running two of our substitutes combined for the final goal.
So it was a good solid 3-0 home win, and that improves our goal difference to +34 and we have won 19 of our 32 games – and that’s another 3 points in the bag for the Magpies to take out current total to 66 points.
And an excellent crowd of 45,525 turned up for the game – you cannot say the lads are not supported magnificently – even when they sink into England’s second division.
Well done Newcastle!!
Now the lads have a week off before we meet Watford away next Saturday, and it’s surely time to see what winning away from home is all about, which we haven’t done in our last several away games.
Nottingham Forest again won 1-0, this time at home against Middlesbrough, so keep up their challenge, and of course WBA play at Bristol City tomorrow afternoon. Forest are currently in 3rd place just 5 points behind Newcastle but with an much inferior goal difference.
And since Sunderland lost at Arsenal 2-0 in a game in which Arsenal could and should have scored a hat-ful – this is good day for Newcastle supporters.
Howay The Lads!!