Newcastle went ahead after 19 minutes through a nice goal from Aleksandar Mitrovic after 19 minutes as he headed home a perfectly flighted free kick from the left by Matt Ritchie.
And then a few minutes later Alan Browne elbowed Jack Colback in the face and he was rightly given a red card by referee Andrew Madley.
The game was over after that, but it was still a ruthlessly professional display by a Newcastle side who dismantled a Preston side with one man short.
Matt Ritchie celebrates scoring penalty
The game kicked off and it was shades of things to come as Isaac Hayden hammered the ball from the right and it came back off a post – that would have been a great goal from the impressive 21 year-old.
The first goal came after 19 minutes and it was a free kick from Matt Ritchie that Mitrovic headed home unchallenged – that was too easy for Newcastle – and it was Mitro’s second goal of the season and that will give him confidence going forward.
But then Alan Browne made a silly challenge on Jack Colback a few minutes after the goal and he was given a straight red card by the referee, with Jack getting a cut to his face.
Jack Colback being taken off
Jack Colback then came off and was replaced by Jonjo Shelvey – we’re sure Preston were keen to see that substitution.
And it was interesting that goalkeeper Matz Sels was being made welcome by the crowd as he was applauded almost every time he touched the ball – that was to make up for that ridiculous Twitter attack on the Belgium after the game at Aston Villa.
But very good by our fans!
Mitrovic then went on a run after 38 minutes and he laid to Mo Diame who put the ball home from about 22 yards out for his first goal ever for Newcastle – good for him – and an assist for Mitro.
And then Mitrovic worked the ball through and crossed it for an open goal awaiting Mo Diame but he somehow sliced it wide with his left foot – what a terrible miss!
Art half time it was 2-0 and Newcastle were in full control.
After 53 minutes Matt Ritchie was fouled in the penalty box – and would you believe it but the referee actually gave the penalty this time.
Mitrovic wanted to take it but it was Matt who stuck to his guns and took the penalty and it was 3-0 for the Magpies with Matt getting his 4th goal of the season.
Mitro congratulating Matt Ritchie after penalty
Matt had another great game for the side – what a buy this boy is for the Magpies – and after the penalty we are pleased to report Mitro and Matt made up.
And after the game Rafa said Matt was the penalty taker and he did the right thing to hold his ground and take the kick.
But it didn’t take long for Mitrovic to get his second goal as he got the ball and went across the goal before calmly placing the ball past the goalkeeper for Newcastle to take a 4-0 lead.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring second goal
But in his celebrations he took his shirt off and got a yellow card.
It was Anita on for Dummett after 57 minutes and then Christian Atsu hit the post.
Then is was Ayoze Perez on for Matt Ritchie who got a standing ovation from the crowd of 49,042.
And then it was Atsu hitting the bar again as this time he headed the ball against the bar after a nicely weighted cross from DeAndre Yedlin.
With three minutes to go it was Mo Diame getting his second goal for Newcastle and it’s the type of goal we have seen form Mo as he powered his way from the half way line forward and just smashed the ball past former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.
That was 5-0 and just so he didn’t miss out it was Ayoze Perez who smashed one in from a corner for his sixth goal of the season one minute into stoppage time.
It was an overwhelming performance from a very powerful Newcastle side that had seven changes from the side that started against Ipswich Town on Saturday.
This Newcastle side can be very tough when the lads are in the mood – as they were tonight.
Mission accomplished and we are in the last eight of the League cup.
Here’s the results from tonight and we await the draw tomorrow night.
Oh, what a night! ?
That penalty shoot-out rounds off tonight’s #EFLCup action.
Bring on tomorrow! ? pic.twitter.com/qr5VOmg0H6
— EFL Cup (@EFLCup) October 25, 2016
Newcastle: Sels; Yedlin, Mbemba, Hanley, Dummett (Anita, 58); Hayden, Colback (Shelvey, 32); Ritchie (Perez, 75), Diame, Atsu; Mitrovic.
Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Gouffran, Gayle.
Preston: Lindegaard, Wright, Huntington, Davies (Clarke, 46), Humphrey, Grimshaw, Pringle (Gallagher, 46), Browne, Spurr, Doyle, Makienok (Johnson, 63).
Subs not used: Maxwell, Robinson, Hugill, Beckford.
Goals: Mitrovic 19, 55, Diame 38, 87 Ritchie 52 (pen), Perez 90
Bookings: Doyle 19, Wright 52, Mitrovic 58
Sent off: Browne 27
Referee: Andrew Madley (Huddersfield)