Newcastle 6 Preston 0 – Tuesday 25 October 7.45pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
Leazes Park Ender:
“A great night for a large midweek cup crowd. Rafa gets bums on seats!
“Winning that easily is not to be sniffed at. You have to play well, there are no gimmes.
“At the moment our manager has us tactically spot on, grafting hard and players have smiles on their faces.
“The expected rotation arrived tonight. Players have come into the side and have done well. Mitrovic needed that tonight. Diame also caught the eye, he needed them goals for his confidence.
“What looked a vicious headbutt on Colback thoroughly deserved the red card and we never looked back.
“Preston will still be a tough test though at Deepdale on Saturday.”
“Cracking night all round.
“Shame Mitro didn’t get his hat-trick…but then again he would have tajen his shirt off again and got sent off hahahahaha.
“Bring on the big guns.”
“Quarter final of a cup!!!
“Hard to believe that this is where we would be after the cup ‘runs’ of recent years.
“Another home draw and 50,000 cheering us on again will do me (greedy I know!).
“Great goals tonight and an all round good feeling at the ground.
“Really pleased to be in the quarters, it will be interesting to see who we get and whether we’ll be tested.
“It’s been an adjustment to see us so dominant in games, we’re just so solid these days, but I’m getting used to it!”
“Tonight could have been 10..
“It would be typical Newcastle to now go to Preston and lose 1-0…
“As for the next round, I would take anybody but Liverpool, Arsenal or Man City
“Whisper it, but we have a chance of winning this…”
“What an absolute pasting!
“Got to feel a little bit sorry for Preston after that knacker Browne ended the match for them with a double back-handed round-house headbutt-jab, skittling Wor Ginge!
“The stats make ridiculous reading.
“Buzzing to see more goals spread around. Ecstatic for Mitro especially, his second was a an absolute belter.
“Diame scores two worldies – yet misses a sitter! Ha ha, bless.
“This win and performance was Rafa on a plate. A true stamp of approval for his supposedly much maligned rotation policy and a massive boost for everyone.
“Rotate away like a rotisserie Chicken on a Spanish BBQ bonny lad!
“Rafa take a bow mate – we LOVE ye man!”
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle: Mitrovic 19, 55 Diame 38, 87, Ritchie (Pen) 53, Perez 90+1
Possession was Preston 34% Newcastle 66%
Total shots were Preston 1 Newcastle 25
Shots on target were Preston 1 Newcastle 13
Corners were Preston 2 Newcastle 9
Newcastle starting 11:
Sels, Yedlin, Hanley, Mbemba, Dummett (Anita 58), Ritchie (Perez 75), Hayden, Colback (Shelvey 32), Atsu, Diame, Mitrovic
Clark, Gayle, Darlow, Gouffran
Referee: Andy Madley
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