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Newcastle put six past 10-man Preston

Alexsandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic had not started a game for Newcastle since 13 September

Newcastle thrashed 10-man Preston in front of almost 50,000 fans at St James’ Park to reach the EFL Cup quarter-finals.

Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in each half on his first Newcastle start since September.

Mohamed Diame also struck twice – his first goals for the club – while Matt Ritchie scored a penalty and Ayoze Perez netted in stoppage time.

Preston midfielder Alan Browne had been sent off for elbowing Jack Colback.

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Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez made seven changes to his side, who are top of the Championship table, including recalling Mitrovic and Diame.

They led 1-0 through Mitrovic’s headed opener when Browne was dismissed.

Diame’s goals were spectacular long-range efforts, while Newcastle also hit the woodwork twice in the second half.

Victory took the Magpies into the League Cup quarter-finals for only the second time in nine seasons.

The clubs meet again on Saturday in the league at Deepdale.

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Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez:

“We play Preston again. They will try to amend the situation; they will try to change things. We will be playing away, so it will be totally different.

“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.”

Preston boss Simon Grayson:

“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.”

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Match ends, Newcastle United 6, Preston North End 0.

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 6, Preston North End 0.

Goal! Newcastle United 6, Preston North End 0. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Chris Humphrey.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United).

Liam Grimshaw (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal! Newcastle United 5, Preston North End 0. Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Isaac Hayden.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Isaac Hayden.

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Anders Lindegaard.

Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) hits the bar with a header from very close range.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez replaces Matt Ritchie.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United).

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Preston North End).

Substitution, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson replaces Simon Makienok.

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Vurnon Anita replaces Paul Dummett.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal! Newcastle United 4, Preston North End 0. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37686639