We didn’t get Leeds United at home, which would have been the best draw for us and would have paired the only two remaining non Premier League clubs together in the EFL Cup quarter-final, but we did get Hull, even through it’s an away tie.
It would have been nice to have Hull City at home in front of another sold out St. James’ Park, but as far as Newcastle’s form goes this season we are now a very good team on the road, which is very unlike last season under Steve McClaren.
And if you rate the seven clubs we could have drawn last night by their position in the league table then Hull City were ranked the second lowest because of their Premier League position – they are currently in 18th place – 3rd bottom.
Sunderland lost at Southampton so they could have been an excellent draw at home, but they couldn’t make it through at St. Mary’s and lost to a 66th minute stunning strike from Southampton’s record £16M signing Sofiane Boufal.
We have to be quite pleased with the draw and we must have a fighting chance to go through to the last four and then anything can happen in a two-legged semi-final against one of the big clubs in the Premier League.
It’s good we have such a big squad too, but Rafa will give his press conference tomorrow and he will say the only thing he is concentrating on is how to beat Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon.
We have won six games in a row and won all our games in the month of October, so let’s make it a perfect October with a win at Deepdale against Preston North End’s best team on Saturday.
Manager Simon Grayson made 9 changes to the side that beat Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road last Saturday for the cup game on Tuesday night.
We made 7 changes from the side that beat Ipswich 3-0, so it will be almost two different teams facing each other on Saturday and a different game from Tuesday night.
We must win this game.