The Lancashire Evening Post has reported on the game last night at St. James’ Park and they have listed five things they learned last night.
Preston made 9 changes to the side that beat Norwich 1-0 away last Saturday and Newcastle made 7 changes to the side that beat Ipswich 3-0 at home, so we will have almost two different teams playing each other on Saturday afternoon at Deepdale.
It was a tough night for Preston manager Simon Grayson
One of their five points was devoted to Newcastle who they say will be promoted under Rafa Benitez at the first attempt on the evidence of last night.
Newcastle will get promoted
“On the evidence of Tuesday night’s demolition of PNE, Rafa Benitez will be leading Newcastle back the Premier League at the first attempt.”
“The former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager has got things right on the field and the Magpies should be promoted at a canter come May.”
“Or more likely April when Preston return to St James’ Park for the third to last game of the Championship season.”
“Yes there has been big investment, but players like Matt Ritchie, Mo Diame and Dwight Gayle, the latter not needed against North End, know what the second tier is about and are proven at the level.”
“No chances have been taken and the depth of the squad is staggering, shown by Benitez’s seven changes last night.”
“While there has been discord off the field in recent seasons it was clear that nearly all the 49,000 in attendance were pulling in the same direction as the team on the field – the Premier League.”
Those are positive words about Newcastle but of course we cannot take anything for granted.
And we really haven’t invested one penny in the summer when you consider the net spend was a negative £31M so we actually made a huge profit in the summer transfer window.
That was made possible by selling Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend and Daryl Janmaat for a combined £75M.
Good business for Newcastle.
But we did bring in 12 new players who would be equipped to get us promoted at the first attempt.
Nest up is – well Preston on Saturday afternoon – a game we have to win and then we will have won all our six games in October.
Howay the Lads!!