It is Newcastle v Preston at St James Park tonight for a place in the last eight of the EFL Cup and one visiting player is unfazed by the thought.

After scoring a hat-trick to knock out Premier League side Bournemouth in the last round, Simon Makienok looks forward to doing the same at St James Park.

The Preston forward says ‘It’s a nice game at a big stadium’ but unbeaten in seven games (all competitions) which includes five wins, Makienok says ‘there’s no reason why we can’t go through in the cup’.

Preston have rebounded from their worst result of the season, a 5-0 loss at Brentford, with a run that includes wins over Huddersfield, Norwich, Aston Villa and that Bournemouth game.

So Rafa Benitez will no doubt be telling his players that this looks by far the toughest tie of this cup run so far.

Simon Makienok:

“It’s a nice game at a big stadium but we are on a good run so there’s no reason why we can’t go through in the cup.

We are going to go to Newcastle and hopefully keep on doing what we are doing and we will be going for the win as always.

“The last game was special, I scored three goals and now I am thinking about the next round.

“I am not thinking too much about those goals now, I am taking my confidence from it and also scoring in the league a couple of games ago.

“I’m just going to bring my confidence and my game into the match and not really think about what happened in the past but go out there and do I what I do and hopefully that can help the team win the game and maybe score a goal again.

“The most important thing is helping the team and hopefully we can get a win and get through.

“We knew we had some very big games coming up this month but so far we have done great in every one of them so there is a lot of confidence in the team. “