For the second time this season WBA won 5-0 this afternoon, and with the 3 points go one point clear of Newcastle at the top of the Championship on 28 points.
Nigel Pearson – has done wonders at Leicester City
Their other 5-0 league triumph was at Middlesbrough on 19th September, and that may well have been the time that Middlesbrough Chairman Steve Gibson started to have second thoughts on then manager Gareth Southgate.
The Riverside Stadium crowd was again a disappointing low 21,141.
Leicester City had an excellent 2-1 win at QPR last night and in their last 6 games they have 4 wins and 2 draws, so they are in a hot streak of form – and in Newcastle’s last 5 games have gained 6 points on the Magpies.
That’s what happens when you pick up just 5 points in 5 games, which is Newcastle’s recent league form. 🙁
Of course Leicester City’s manager is Nigel Pearson, who was at Newcastle until February 8th of last year, when he left and a week later joined Southampton as their new manager.
But he had Leicester top of the 3rd division last season, and they are continuing their excellent form this season, and are now level with Newcastle on 27 points, with an inferior goal difference.
Nigel joined Leicester in early June of last year, and has proved to have been a great signing, for the former Premier League side.
Of course Newcastle beat Leicester City 1-0 at St. James’ Park earlier in the season, but not before Leicester were by far the better team in the first half.
The WBA goal difference right now is is +16 compared with Newcastle’s +12, so we need to bang in a few goals against the lesser sides in the division when we play them – and our best win this season is the 4-0 win at Ipswich followed by the 3-0 home win against Reading.
Cardiff City are just one point behind Newcastle but have a better goal difference of +15, and they play tomorrow at home to Nottingham Forest, who are 10th in the league.
But Forest have a great away record, they are unbeaten and have 2 wins and 5 draws in their 7 games on the road so far this season.
Newcastle, of course, play away to Sheffield United on Monday evening, and by then we could be 3rd top of the league if Cardiff manage to win tomorrow.
We will need a win to stay on top of the league, and if we can can get Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini and Smith back into the starting line-up, that could even be possible.