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.
What do you think?