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After beating the 10-man down Preston North End 4-1 at a packed St James' Park, the Rafa Benitez's side Newcastle United ensures a return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

 

As exactly after 348 days being relegated, Newcastle overcame their obvious nerves to bag a prize worth more than $AU140 million and retain an outside chance of pipping Brighton & Hove Albion to the Championship title.

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Two goals from Ayoze Perez, a well-worked Christian Atsu goal and a Matt Ritchie penalty, after Preston's Paul Gallagher was sent off for handling on the line just past the hour mark, the Newcastle United ensures a return to the Premier League at the first attempt on Tuesday night.

And the former Real Madrid head coach Rafa Benitez, who is currently managing the English side is felling proud to be back in the Premier League and they are only the second team in five years to return to the Premier League immediately after relegation.

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As Benitez told reporters he was "really proud".

" I have to congratulate also my staff, the fans, the city, all the people, involved. The players were fantastic, even in adversity they were pushing and pushing. Really pleased for them and the fans obviously."

"We needed to score the third goal but in the end it doesn't matter how. We have been working so hard since the beginning of the season. It's really difficult and I'm really pleased for everyone." 

"We had to win easily the division everyone said But we had to fight and we played very good football some of the time. From the last day of last season when we beat Tottenham 5-1 I wanted to show my loyalty and build a new team. It's not easy, it's hard work but we did really well."