Newcastle have crushed Preston North End tonight at St. James’ Park after we had gone 1-0 up through a nice goal from Mitrovic after 19 minutes but then a blatant elbow by Browne on Colback eight minutes later had the referee hand out straight red card and Preston were down to 10 men – it was no contest after that.
Jack had a cut on his face and was replaced by Jonjo Shelvey.
Diame got a second goal after 37 minutes – his first for Newcastle – and it was 2-0 at half time but then Newcastle overwhelmed Preston in the second half.
Aleksandar Mitrovic after scoring first goal
Matt Ritchie was brought down in the box and he scored from the penalty after 53 minutes to make it 3-0 and then two minutes later it was Mitro again with a cool finish to make it 4-0.
Preston held out until the 87th minute when Mo Diame got his second goal of the evening and then substitute Ayoze scored in stoppage time to make it a grand 6-0 win.
And Christian Atsu hit the bar twice and was unlucky not to get on the score-sheet.
So we have made it though to the quarter finals of the EFL Cup in front of over 49,000 fans and that’s our 15th win in the last 17 games in all competitions.
Newcastle are red-hot at the moment – but we must repeat this win at Deepdale on Saturday – we cannot be over-confident.
We’ll have a fuller report of the game coming out later.