TOON’S MITROVIC INFLICTS MORE PAIN
Newcastle United’s Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice against Preston North End for the second time in five days as the Championship leaders won 2-1 at Deepdale on Saturday.
The Serb striker had been instrumental in United’s 6-0 League Cup win on Tuesday and produced two clinical second-half finishes for the visitors’ seventh successive win in front of a crowd of 20,724, Preston’s highest at home since 2009.
Newcastle’s closest rivals in English football’s second tier, Brighton and Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town experienced a day of contrasting fortunes on either side of 5-0 scorelines.
Glenn Murray scored a hat-trick as the Seagulls romped past fourthplaced Norwich City, while Chris Martin hit two in Fulham’s destruction of the early-season leaders Huddersfield.