19 mins Isaac
Hayden's forward advance was halted by Eoin Doyle at the cost of a booking.
Matt Ritchie swung over the free kick from midway down the Newcastle left
for Aleksandar Mitrovic
home from six yards out at the Leazes End.
38 mins Mitrovic
picked up possession and pushed upfield, attempting to pick out the
overlapping Christian Atsu, only for Paul Huntington to intercept his pass.
The ball rebounded favourably for Momo Diame and he drilled in a low shot from 25 yards.
Toon 2 PNE 0
53 mins Matt
was tripped in the box by Bailey Wright and the referee pointed to the spot.
Despite Mitrovic pleading to take the penalty, our designated taker hid the ball up
his shirt before lashing it into the roof of the Gallowgate goal.
55 mins In an
echo of Peter Beardsley's finish at Portsmouth in February 1984, Mitrovic
took the ball down on his chest and left two defenders
and the 'keeper on their backsides before finishing stylishly. Peeling off his
shirt in celebration, he was promptly booked. 4-0
87 mins Afforded
the freedom of SJP, Diame
took Shelvey's pass in his own half and pushed forward before firing a dipping shot
into the bottom corner of the net.
90+1 mins Shelvey's half-cleared corner
reached Ayoze Perez in acres of space on
the edge of the box. He buried his right footed shot, consigning the
visitors to their heaviest defeat since they conceded six goals without
reply in a League Cup tie at Blackburn Rovers in 1997
Full time: Toon 6 PNE 0
"It is important to have players pushing
and trying to show they can do well. We have three or four players who have
not been playing too many games. They come in and they play at this level, it
can only be positive for the team and the future.
pleased to see Mitrovic, Diame, Atsu, or even Yedlin. There were a lot of
"I was surprised to see so many fans, but it is not a surprise in this
case because they are coming and supporting the team and getting behind the
team from the beginning.
"I’m really pleased to see so many fans, and really pleased also
because we played well. We scored goals and they will enjoy this for two or
"The difference between the Premier League and the Championship is
clear, but can we win this competition? It is the cup, so I will never say never. Let’s wait to see what the
draw brings us in the next round.
"I have to concentrate just on Preston on
Saturday, wait and see what happens in the draw and after, maybe I can
answer those questions. They will try to amend the situation, they
will try to change things, we will be playing away, so it will be totally
"It's another competition, so we have to enjoy it. Normally I say one or two
days and after, concentrate on the next game. It will be tough, for sure."
PNE boss Simon Grayson said:
"It was a horrible night.
"When you give exceptional players time and room, you make it a long,
long evening. It went from bad to worse with the sending off. This time last
year, their manager was at Real Madrid, they are a fantastic side.”
Asked if Saturday's
league game would be different:
"It better be. I'm not going through that
again on Saturday. This is a big arena, it's a big pitch - they make it big
- it will be different on Saturday. I'm not going to make promises that it's going to be a different scoreline,
but I'd like to think that it will be.
"We could have played our strongest team from Saturday and still been beaten
tonight. The league is our priority, but we are hugely disappointed and
when you give exceptional players the time and room in the 18-yard box they’re
going to punish you. Coupled with the sending off it was a long night.
"We’ve been on a
good run beating Norwich, Huddersfield, Brighton and Aston Villa in the last
month and we’ll go back to how we’ve done hopefully. It’s how you
react to things - that’s why you’ve got to be careful what you say to
the players after the game.
"We’ve been on a good run and
this was always going to be a tough game for us against a team on a good
run. The place was rocking and through basic mistakes we’ve contributed to
them getting their win.
"I take nothing away from them because they have players that can hurt
you but we made it easy for them and that’s not been like us. They had the
luxury of making seven changes and some of them are top international
"We made the ones that we’ve made and I don’t think they make us
any weaker but they give us a different outlook of how we can play. We’ve
got 22 players who are very much similar but contribute in different
"Tonight we haven’t done the basics right but when they make changes
they replace them with internationals - there’s a difference. We made it
difficult for ourselves and we’ve got something to prove at the weekend.”
This was our eighteenth League
Cup Fourth appearance in 57
seasons - and our eighth success:
Our biggest victory in this competition since the
success at Notts County in October 1993 was also equal to United's
most emphatic home victory: 6-0 beatings of Southport in September
1975 and Doncaster Rovers
in October 1974.
It's also the first time United have kept three
successive League Cup clean sheets for 42 years.
Rafa's side have now won five successive home games in all
competitions - their best run of form at SJP since nine in a row between
February and April 2010 (all nine in the Championship).
has started just three games this season: a 2-0 home win over Cheltenham
Town, a 6-0 victory at QPR and this 6-0 demolition of PNE at SJP.
Fulham (h) won 3-0
1975/76 QPR (a) won 3-1
1976/77 Manchester United (a) lost 2-7
1994/95 Manchester City (a) drew 1-1
1994/95 Manchester City (h) lost 0-2
1995/96 Liverpool (a) won 1-0
1996/97 smoggies (a) lost 1-3
1997/98 Derby County (a) won 1-0
1998/99 Blackburn Rovers (h) drew 1-1 (lost on pens)
Birmingham City (a) lost 1-2
2001/02 Ipswich Town (h) won 4-1
2004/05 Chelsea (h) lost 0-2 (AET)
2005/06 Wigan Athletic (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 Watford (a) drew 2-2 (won on pens)
2010/11 Arsenal (a) lost 0-4
2011/12 Blackburn Rovers (a) lost 3-4
2013/14 Manchester City (h) lost 0-2
2014/15 Manchester City (a) won 2-0
2016/17 Preston North End (h) won 6-0
PNE @ NUFC - last ten:
2016/17 won 6-0 Mitrovic 2,
2009/10 won 3-0 Lovenkrands, Nolan,
1986/87 won 2-0 Roeder, Goddard (FAC)
1980/81 won 2-0 Harford 2
1979/80 drew 0-0
1978/79 won 4-3 Connolly, Withe, Shoulder, Barton
1964/65 won 5-2 McGarry 2, Cummings, Hilley, OG
1963/64 won 3-0 McGarry, Thomas, Burton (LC)
1963/64 lost 2-4 Kirkman, Burton
1962/63 drew 2-2 Suddick, Hughes
Preston's Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard made his third appearance
at SJP, following our 3-0 win over Manchester United in January 2012 and a 4-0
romp for the Red Devils in April 2014.
Despite seven changes to the
side that beat Ipswich Town, a
rampant Newcastle breezed into the last eight of the EFL Cup on Tuesday,
scoring six without reply for the second time in ten games.
The second-largest St. James' Park crowd in the history of this competition saw the Magpies
leave ten-man Preston battered and bewildered ahead of this Saturday's Championship
Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez were both omitted from Rafa's starting selection,
but understudies Aleksandar Mitrovic and Momo Diame both bagged
braces - the latter his first goals for the club.
Matt Ritchie fired another from the spot and Ayoze Perez added
to Saturday's brace; United also hitting the goal frame three times and missed an
open goal on a night. It could have been ten.
Trailing to a 19th minute Mitrovic header, the visitors hardly helped their cause when Alan Browne received a straight
recklessly catching Jack Colback with his arm - the victim hospitalised for tests
after taking a blow in the face when Browne's follow-through led to a clash
And in addition to being a man short, Browne's indiscretion also resulted in
Jonjo Shelvey's arrival - and he proceeded to spray the ball to all parts of
the pitch as United went in two goals ahead at half time - Diame driving
somehow contriving to slice wide with the goal
Ritchie won a 53rd minute spot kick and despite
Mitrovic pleading to take it, the designated penalty taker hid the ball up
his shirt before lashing it into the roof of the Gallowgate goal
to kill the tie.
At that point the disconsolate Mitrovic looked close to tears but soon perked
up and netted his second of the night. Waltzing through the visiting defence in an
echo of Peter Beardsley at Portsmouth in 1983, he finished in style before
being booked for peeling off his shirt.
Further goals seemed inevitable and Christian Atsu tested the woodwork with
both a curling shot and a header - Isaac Hayden having rattled a post at 0-0.
Mitrovic failed to complete the hat-trick he craved - heading an opportunity
narrowly wide - but Diame struck again from distance for 5-0, Vurnon Anita was
denied and fellow
substitute Perez rounded off
what was an absolute rout.
In response, Preston belatedly forced two corners to ironic cheers from their
dwindling following and former Magpie defender (and captain for the night)
Paul Huntington saw his header blocked by Matz Sels - the only effort the
visitors managed on target all night.
Playing with ten men for over an hour inevitably made this a damage limitation
exercise for Simon Grayson's side, but to say that the dismissal was crucial
to the outcome is to underplay the exhilarating quality and tempo of United.
That was very evident at 11 v 11.
Having barely dirtied them, Sels threw his gloves into the
crowd, while the SJP PA played "Freed from Desire" (the tune for "Mitro's
on fire") with both the Gallowgate End and our Serbian quite literally jumping for
joy - an amusing end to an uplifting night when everything simply went
The lack of a competitive element meant that tonight resembled the club's
public training day at times rather than a proper match, but that was no
consequence to thousands of bairns who had a great night. Having seen just
one Newcastle win in the first six home League Cup ties attended, I'm deeply
envious of anyone making their supporting debut here tonight.
United's pricing structure was also absolutely bang-on, cost savings on
tickets quickly offset by visits to the food bar in many
Our post-match headline was "Newcastle exhibition", while the
Lancashire Evening Post echoed our beer theme with "Newcastle
Browne Fail". This was champagne football though - and a pleasant
change from the murky brown stuff we're been routinely presented with in cup