Newcastle 4 Preston 1 – Monday 24 April 2017 7.45pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“Should have been done weeks ago but who cares.
“To be promoted at the first attempt with two games to spare is a fantastic job from Rafa, particularly considering we had no investment in Jan.
“A big summer ahead but lets enjoy the next few weeks. You rarely get to as a newcastle fan.
“Howay the lads!”
“Job done! Well done Rafa and the lads!
“The match itself is academic really, just chuffed we got the points needed to secure promotion, delighted!”
“It was a game which summed up our season.
“A struggle at times, should have done better for much of it but comfortable in the end.
“Praise be that paul gallagher and his acrobatics were invited to the party.
“It was time to go when they played rocking all over the world and people sang along.
“Proud of our efforts tonight, embarrassed by our musical tastes. HTL.”
“I don’t care we are there hahahahaha.
“Great win, now on to the prem.”
Leazes Park Ender:
“There we have it. Job done.
“It’s had its moments, for sure, but overall what a great job Benitez has done.
“The nerves have been evident in recent weeks. This probably should have been wrapped up at Easter, but hey ho, we’ve done it with two games to spare.
“It was a convincing win tonight, despite the PNE leveller getting fans jittery. Atsu just before half time was crucial and then the red card has killed it. A deserved red as well, given he played the ball like a goalkeeper.
“Enjoy the moment now. Everyone will. It’s been a bit of slog but we can look back at it with great pride.
“Hard work starts here. We are back in the Premier League.
“Owner and MD must not now shaft Benitez. That’s the clear message. Retaining him is essential.”
“Nowt to it, really!
“Ahem… Next, we go on to the World Fruit Pastille Not Chewing Championships. Ayoze Perez with a last gasp not chewing of a green one.
“There’s work to do, but unlike the cloud cuckoo land, hands over ears nonsense of the past, I really think Rafa knows what to do next. Let’s hope he’s allowed to. But let’s enjoy the moment.
“Have a good night/week/weekend.”
“Finally we’ve got over the line…
“Goodbye Championship, thankfully it’s been a short stay and we’re back where we all feel we should be.
“Can’t wait for next season!!!!”
“I had hoped for a bit of style to seal it and ultimately this turned out that way, albeit after some hairy moments between Preston’s equaliser and Atsu’s vital second goal.
“The relief as the lead built second half was tangible. This has been a battle throughout and I will not miss the Championship one little bit.
“A very tough league negotiated and now begins a nervous summer of seeing to what extent the squad is allowed its essential revamp.
“For now though, let’s have a beer and enjoy it.”
“Objective achieved! Enjoy the moment and worry about the rest later.
“Another wobbly first half and another strong second half.
“Nice if we can finish with a bang and win the title. Probably won’t like but who cares, it’s going to be a hell of a party at Cardiff.
“Congratulations to the gaffer and the lads.
“Rafa is THE man and showed his class by even shaking the lads’ hands taking the net down at the end – a mark of the man.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 4 Preston 1
Newcastle: Perez 7, 67 Atsu 45, Ritchie 65
Preston: Hugill 14 (Gallagher red card 64)
Possession was Preston 32% Newcastle 68%
Total shots were Preston 6 Newcastle 22
Shots on target were Preston 2 Newcastle 7
Corners were Preston 1 Newcastle 16
Referee: Anthony Madley
Elliot, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey (Colback 76), Hayden, Atsu (Gouffran 68), Perez (Murphy 83), Mitrovic
Darlow, Yedlin, Mbemba, Diame
Crowd: 50,212 (Preston 500)
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