Christian Atsu was grateful to the Newcastle United supporters on Tuesday night.

The Ghanaian attacking midfielder, on loan from Chelsea, played a key role as the Magpies demolished Preston North End 6-0 in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

Atsu was thrilled to advance to the quarter-finals of the league cup competition with his loan club.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Mohamed Diane both scored braces while Matt Ritchie and Ayoze Perez were also on the scoresheet at St James’ Park.