Newcastle United could do no wrong against Preston North End, dominating the club with a score of 6-0. And yes, that was Aleksandar Mitrovic begging Matt Ritchie to let him take the penalty.
Early on, the match couldn’t have gone any smoother. Aleksandar Mitrovic rifles one in early to give the magpies an early lead. Couple that with Preston North End getting a red card, the fate of The Lilywhites had become relatively sealed tight.
But Newcastle didn’t stop there, and would not stop until the final whistle. Scoring five more goals and with Mitrovic getting a second, it was just another dominating performance from a Newcastle club that has been relentless.
To give you an idea as to just how dominant the magpies were, Matz Sels didn’t face a single shot in the first half, amounting to nothing more than a paperweight. Newcastle United, in the meantime dominated possession, continued to get shots off as well as hitting their target multiple times.
Mohamed Diame also shined today, scoring two goals and creating chances that he’s otherwise been unable to do so far. It was a strong showing for Diame, who has come under fire recently for mediocre performances.
In the second half of the match, Newcastle United continued to march forward, starting with a penalty against Matt Ritchie. Following the penalty, Aleksandar Mitrovic begged Ritchie to allow him to take it. Mitrovic wanted a second goal, but Ritchie felt the need to take the ball following the penalty. To shortly address it, it was a poor attitude towards the situation by Mitrovic.
Matt Ritchie went on to score on the penalty, giving the club a 3-0 lead over the visitors. Shortly after that, Mitrovic scored his second goal of the game.
The match ended with Ayoze Perez scoring, and with Preston only getting one shot in (on target as well) which at least gives Matz Sels the clean sheet.
Ball control, possession, shooting, and creativity was all on point today. And that’s why Newcastle United are walking into the quarterfinals with everything going for them.
Newcastle play Preston North End again on Saturday the 29th.