It is Newcastle v Preston on Monday night.

A match where one team has everything to play for and the opposition very little/nothing.

Newcastle would be promoted with a victory, if Huddersfield fail to beat Fulham at home on Saturday.

Preston on the other hand are only four places off the play-offs but 12 points adrift with only three games remaining, so they are in no man’s land.

A run of 12 games with only a single loss had revived faint hopes of promotion but the last two games saw (last minute) defeat to Huddersfield and then Norwich.

This can usually go two ways…

A team with nothing to play for can simply go through the motions, or relax and potentially play their best football of the season.

Preston midfielder Andy Boyle insists the players’ minds are on anything but the beach and that they are ‘going to try and spoil the party’ at St James Park.

You can’t ignore the fact either that the novelty of playing in front of fifty thousand people will be sure to sway the Preston players more towards giving it everything, rather than lying down and seeing the season out without a murmur.

Preston will be backed with one of their smallest away followings of the season but Andy Boyle points to the ‘full house’ at St James Park as a massive motivation and that his team ‘want to go there and give a
good account of ourselves’.

Boyle has had an interesting last year of so already, one of the stars of Dundalk’s European adventure, he played against the likes of Zenit and AZ Alkmaar.

After winning the Irish League (played throughout the summer), Andy Boyle and Dundalk teammate – winger Daryl Horgan (who was linked with Newcastle), then arrived at Preston as out of contract players in December and both were handed two and a half year contracts.

Andy Boyle:

“They (Newcastle) are one of the biggest clubs in the country and they will want to get promoted but we’ll be going to try and spoil the party.

“It’s going to be a full house there and we want to go there and give a good account of ourselves.”



  • MadMag83

    Hit them early, don’t let Preston settle and get confident otherwise we could be in for a tricky match.

    • Rich Lawson

      Yes,it was their reserve team we hammered in the cup,we need an early goal and not sit back on it for the inevitable injury time equaliser,two goal margin at least please ?

      • MadMag83

        Yeah and teams would have it been encouraged by our recent results

  • Taz

    Just for once Lets go all out Keegan style and ATTACK!!!!

    • nufcslf

      This is what should happen every bloody home game with a full house. Probably brown trousers time with the poor players only having 7 days rest from the last pathetic effort against Ipswich. Hate and totally disagree with player rotation for the sake of it. We shall see come Monday after todays results have gone our way. Over to Rafa and the players and see if it is them that think it is already time for the beach……..

  • 8prestondave

    Will be sitting watching in a pub in Preston. Got table booked and will be the only Toon fan there. Cant stand the thought of the abuse I will have to take if we don’t put a performance in.

  • GToon

    Can anybody tell me why Prestons badge is a sheep with a halo and a sword through its neck?