All Newcastle United needed to earn promotion and their return to the English Premier League was a lone point in their Monday night match against Preston North End.
They got that and a whole lot more, defeating Preston North End, 4-1, and securing their promotion back into the Premier League for the 2017-18 season. DeAndre Yedlin, who joined the club prior to the season, was an unused substitute in Monday’s match.
The Toon set the tone early as Ayoze Perez put Newcastle on up 1-0 in just the seventh minute setting the tone for the night ahead at St. James’ Park. Preston had their spells of possession throughout the night and capitalized shortly after Perez’s goal as Jordan Hugill pulled them even at one goal apiece with his goal in the 14th minute.
Both teams traded and missed chances in the first half once the match was tied, but Newcastle finished the first half strong as Christian Atsu scored on a perfect counter in the midfield off of a turnover by Preston’s Daniel Johnson, giving Newcastle a 2-1 lead going into the break.
Newcastle put the match away off of a Matt Ritchie penalty kick in the 64th minute, putting them up 3-1 and Perez added another goal just minutes later to put the Toon up 4-1.
Promotion aside, the win marks Newcastle’s first win since April 5. They entered Monday night’s match winless in their last three, losers of two of their last three matches.
The Toon become just the second team of the last 15 to win automatic promotion just a year after relegation. They are still chasing Brighton for the EFL Championship trophy and have two more matches to pull that feat off. Brighton currently stands at 92 points in the table while Newcastle has 88 after Monday night’s win.