Newcastle boss delighted with win

Kevin Nolan scored the only goal of the game in the 74th minute on Monday and moved Newcastle back to the top of the Championship table.

“For me it’s a massive result. You’ve got to take it all into context,” he told Sky Sports.

“We lost Ryan Taylor in the warm-up before the game. Andy Carroll played, he was ill all day, and had no right to be out there.

“These (Preston) are a quality side. I’ve no doubts they will be there come the end of the season.

“To come here and get a result. It’s testament to that group of lads in there.”

“When we took him last season we knew he had goals in him,” added Hughton on Nolan.

“We’ve used him in a couple of positions, breaking from the middle and playing off the front.

“He’s an experienced player with an eye for goal and you can always count on him.”