Preston Manager Promises This For Saturday

Newcastle took Preston North End apart 6-0 last night at St. James’ Park in front of a crowd of just less then 50,000, but we were helped by the sending off of Alan Browne after 27 minutes when we were 1-0 up from a 19th minute Aleksandar Mitrovic goal.

Mo Diame went on to score two goals – his first goals for the club, Aleksandar scored a second, Matt Ritchie scored from a penalty and substitute Ayoze Perez scored one in stoppage time to give us our second 6-0 win of the season and the first at home.


Alan Browne receives his marching orders after 27 minutes

Preston manager Simon Grayson didn’t look for any excuses after the game and accepted Alan Browne’s sending off after he seemed to viciously elbow Jack Colback in the face and jack had to leave the field and went straight to hospital for observation.

Simon was asked if he expected a good reaction from his side for the game on Saturday afternoon at Deepdale:

“It better be. I’m not going through that again on Saturday. This is a big arena, it’s a big pitch – they make it big – it will be different on Saturday.”

“I’m not going to make promises that it’s going to be a different scoreline, but I’d like to think that it will be.”

“We’ve been on a good run beating Norwich, Huddersfield, Brighton and Aston Villa in the last month and we’ll go back to how we’ve done hopefully.”

“We could have played our strongest team from Saturday and still been beaten tonight. The league is our priority, but we are hugely disappointed.”

“The place was rocking and through basic mistakes we’ve contributed to them getting their win.”

“I take nothing away from Newcastle because they have players that can hurt you, but we made it easy for them and that’s not been like us.”

Yes, Newcastle were helped by playing 10 men for almost three quarters of the match but the Magpies were also ruthless last night and we could have scored more.

Newcastle had 25 shots to Preston’s zero and their well behaved and hopeful fans were chanting “We only want one shot” towards the end of the game.


Preston manager Simon Grayson last night

That was Preston’s first loss in eight games when they lost 5-0 at Barnsley back on 17th September.

It could be a different game on Saturday afternoon but Newcastle made 7 changes last night from the side that beat Ipswich Town 3-0 on Saturday and will will bring back some good players who were rested last night.

But we cannot have another let-down like we had the last time we won 6-0 (at QPR) when we then lost at home to Wolves 2-0 four days later.

Newcastle must get all three points on Saturday to keep up our promotion drive.

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15 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Cry baby,

    We do however have the players to hurt you, and I’m guessing we will.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #2

    My only worry with this is it looked like after we scored the first they saw the only way back into the game was to rough us up which resulted in Colback going off but there were some other dodgy tackles after that as well!

    Don’t want some of our players out on long term injuries through a hatchet job revenge mission from them on Saturday!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Charlie here
    Just got in
    Merit marks waste of time tonight
    Whole team played well brilliant. all ten except MITROVICH NINE*
    Movement tempo passing the ball much quicker and slicker.

    Funny thing – play Mitrovich up front – big tall decent in the air and not one HOOOOOOOOOF up to him kept ball on deck passed and moved.

    Single out players who stood out…

    SELS- did nowt wrong came and punched when he ha d to excellent late save distribution top notch.
    SHELVEY given acres of space when he came on on his passes link up with YEDLIN excellent.
    YEDLIN class tonight speed off the mark second to none.
    ATSU second half unplayable had hard line s could of scored two
    DIAME should of had a hat trick if he had not missed open goal
    RITCHIE – everywhere excellent link up play

    MITROVICH – My man of the Match superb from the first minute to last kept the ball well passed it well hold up play excellent, running closing down of opposition excellent – two great goals.
    BUT lost a merit mark for his silly booking for taking of his shirt and near the end pulling the dreadlocks of their sub – could of easily got a second booking and red card.

    Hears one to ponder – the reason Mitrovich pulled his dreadlocks was the lad turned and as he turned his head his dreadlocks whipped across Mitrovich’s face so a not happy Serb indulged his dreadlocks.

    Could having dreadlocks be dangerous to a opposition player for the above reason – flicking around in some ones face catching their eye??????

    Footnote: Colback was having another good game until his clash with Browne.

    Also: Great atmosphere second half and at the end the compare/music man played ‘Freed from desire’ – ‘Mitro’s on Fire’ and Mitro doing a jig in the middle of the park as the fans banged out the song.

  • toontaff2

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Mitro’s on Fire…………… la di da di da……….

  • toontaff2

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #5

    What a great night!

  • hibbit

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #6


    Grayson is not a cry baby he’s just embarrassed how easy his team was rolled over last night
    he’s a good pro who will do everything he can to make sure we don’t do it as again on saturday

  • firebug666

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #7


    I have to agree mate, they became very physical and we were fortunate not to have suffered more injuries.

    Grayson talks about the size of the pitch, and that it will be different down there, so I’m guessing they have a smaller pitch. That may make it difficult for our wide players (may), but then we also have the ability to play narrow, it may reduce scoring chances but I still fancy us to win comfortably.

    If they do resort to rash and dangerous challenges we could see another sending off, they will know that and may stand off a bit.

  • toontaff2

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Gone for Hayden MoMand thought Jack was running midfield until the elbow + flying headbutt.

  • hibbit

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #9


    he was very luck he didnt get a second yellow last night !!

  • toontaff2

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Could easy been 10, bar, post twice, Diame’s open goal and some saves by their keeper.
    25 shots to 1 – ED carried away there!
    They nearly scored a header near the end, great Sels save.
    So good, was in BAR12 and even some noise there!

  • toontaff2

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Wandered if MentalMitro got his hat trick if he would have got booked again for celebrating!

  • firebug666

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #12


    A little light humour this morning that’s all marra.

    Yeah he is a good pro, but his team were certainly not, they were shocking throughout the game mate.

    But as we won, emphatically I shall continue with my light humour and call him a cry baby, which is ok for the size of the pitch and the arena, not what I called the inept one when the grass was too long. LMAO!

  • toontaff2

    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #13

    I did hear rumours that Johnson had ancestors in the Battle of Hastings:
    Watch what your doing with those dreadlocks, you’ll have some bugga’s eye out in a minute!


    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #14

    morning all
    good win the night before makes the mornings that bit better,i’m expecting PNE to have there backs up on sat so it may end up a tight 1 goal difference win or even a draw,hope not tho,still cant believe that performance from mitro,compared to his coming on at villa performance…like a different player tbh,great to see,love the song and dance at the end as well,how that must of made him feel.

  • Mag52

    Oct 26, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Continuing the Mitro theme, what was all that hands clasped together pleading with Ritchie to take the pen about ?
    He’s not some school kid.
    Imagine the extra pressure that put on Ritchie to put it away. If there’s a nominated pen taker then he’s the guy who takes them unless he’s been injured in the build up to the pen. Have a word with him Rafa.


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