The Magpies made certain of an instant return to the top-flight with a comfortable victory at home to mid-table side Preston North End on Monday night.
Newcastle United went into the fixture knowing three points would confirm promotion to the Premier League after just one-year in the second-tier of English football, but Simon Grayson’s Lilywhites stood in the way.
Spanish forward Ayoze Perez opened the scoring inside the first ten minutes as he was able to tuck home from a corner, but their lead didn’t last for long as Jordan Hugill netted on the counter attack.
The hosts got their advantage once again just moments prior to the half-time whistle as Christian Atsu converted from an Aleksandar Mitrović through ball.
Rafa Benitez’s team were given more hope that promotion was on the horizon as Preston’s Paul Gallagher received his marching orders for a deliberate handball inside the box and Matt Ritchie scored from the spot.
Newcastle United weren’t done there as Perez grabbed his second of the evening as the ball deflected off the striker via a Jonjo Shelvey corner.
The 4-1 win for the Tyneside outfit takes them to four points behind league leaders Brighton & Hove Albion but a return to the Premier League is guaranteed with nine points separating them and third-placed Reading with two games of the season remaining.
Here is how Newcastle supporters reacted to the victory and promotion on Twitter after the full-time whistle….
— john d. bell (@johndbell) April 24, 2017
Job done! Rafa did a fine job but now but I think we'll need proven Premier League level manager to take the reigns! I wish him well! #NUFC
— Twat Ritchie (@jacktwatter) April 24, 2017
We're back up. What a class act Rafa Benitez is. Utterly decent bloke. Something of the Bobby Robson about him, appropriately enough. #NUFC
— Luke Tallentire (@luketallentire) April 24, 2017
Back where we belong! See ya later Championship! #NUFC
— Victoria M ✖️ (@Vickalarr) April 24, 2017
Two games to enjoy ourselves and hopefully see an #nufc side unhinged! Lots to look forward to, big summer for Rafa and the club
— Gianfranco Shola (@youmeandnufc) April 24, 2017
Job done! It wasn't always pretty, but there's been some fun, we've been professional and efficient! Well done Rafa and the lads! #NUFC ⚫️⚪️
— JJ Fletcher (@JJFletcher7) April 24, 2017
It's been a long hard season, had a lot of fun but won't miss it one bit, party time at Cardiff on Friday! Well done Rafa and the boys #nufc
— Chappie (@chappie1892) April 24, 2017
Great to be back in the PL – Mike Ashley, time to get your wallet out now! #NUFC
— Ian Rawlings (@ianrawlingslufc) April 25, 2017
Newcastle United fans, how good does it feel to certify promotion? Is Rafa Benitez the man to lead you in the top-flight? Can you survive the Premier League next season? Give us your thoughts in the comments below!