Ahead of Newcastle v Preston, visiting assistant manager Glynn Snodin has given his views on what he expects at St James Park on Tuesday night.
Snodin says he has a lot of respect for Rafa Benitez after he stayed with Newcastle in the Championship, stating that he could have easily jumped ship for ‘one of the top clubs in Europe’.
The Preston assistant boss also says he knows all about the Newcastle fans and is looking forward to playing in front of over 40,000 of them tomorrow.
Glynn Snodin has warned his players that they can’t afford to concede early just as Ipswich did, instead he hopes the visitors can keep the Newcastle fans quiet.
Snodin points to the previous round as grounds for optimism, Preston coming back from 2-1 down to beat Premier League Bournemouth away from home in extra time.
Ironically that came only three days after what the Preston Assistant claims to be the only ‘blip’ of the season, with Brentford scoring four late goals in 13 minutes as they won 5-0 against North End.
Preston Assistant Manager Glynn Snodin speaking to the official Preston website:
“He probably could have gone and got a Premier League job, or at one of the top clubs in Europe, but he has probably seen what a great club Newcastle United are and what he can do there.
“Before a ball is kicked every game is difficult, whether a team is top or bottom, but if you are mentally strong and play to your best then you have a chance in any game.
“We have a team spirit and team ethic that has often been mentioned, but it does go a long way. It is not just about ability and technique, if you have that organisation, that we try to have, then it does its job.
“It was a great performance and result to go and beat Norwich 1-0 at their place at the weekend and that is just a perfect illustration of it.
“On paper there are some good players and some good teams out there, but our lads have a great mentality.
“We are hard to beat. We have had one blip this season, down at Brentford when we had a crazy ten minutes, but apart from that they have been magnificent.
“The season seems to go quicker when you are winning games.
“You can’t wait for the next one, especially when you are going to places like St James Park in front of 40,000 plus fanatical fans, it’s just where you want to be.
“We know what to expect. Their fans love their football and they get right behind them. We have to make sure we try and quieten them down as early we can.
“If they get an early goal, like they did against Ipswich on Saturday, then it can be tough, but hopefully we can stop that and go and do what we did at Bournemouth.”