It was a happy day for Newcastle United as they thrashed Preston by four goals to one. Rafa Benitez’s side has now secured a place back in the English top flight. Brighton was the first Championship team to get promoted to the Premier League this season, followed by Toons.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) April 24, 2017
Ayoze Perez scored the opener in the 7th minute of the match. Preston struck back with a thunderous strike from Jordan Hugill, seven minutes after Newcastle scored.
Just at the edge of half-time, Christian Atsu put Newcastle ahead to make it 2-1 at halftime.
Preston’s resistance was shattered with their captain Paul Gallagher’s handball in the 63rd minute. It resulted in a red card for him and a goal from the spot for Ritchie.
Perez’s short range goal right after that penalty made it 4-1, taking his season tally to 25 goals.
— ▪️▫️Kriss▪️▫️ (@Kriss_nufc83) April 24, 2017
Fans were overjoyed near the end of full time and were chanting ‘Sunderland's going down and the Mags are going up’.