Nottingham Forest continued their excellent form this afternoon with a 2-1 home win against Reading, with Reading’s Brian Howard missing a second half penalty.
Mixed results elsewhere, for Newcastle’s promotion opponents today, as Leicester City were beaten 1-0 at Swansea City, who now move into 4th place on 40 points.
Local rivals Middlesbrough continued their dismal form under new manager Gordon Strachan at Sheffield United with a 1-0 defeat, and that allows the Blades to move into 6th position on 38 points, as they are starting to get their act together this season.
Cardiff continued their poor form of late with a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe United, and they are on 39 points in 5th position.
A win against WBA on Monday night will take Newcastle 9 points clear of the Midlands side, and Newcastle have the better goal difference. That would be a great way to start the year, but we’ll have to rely on others to score the goals, with hat-trick hero Peter Lovenkrands on compassionate leave after his father sadly passed away yesterday.
But the best result for Newcastle’s fans today was Sunderland’s 7-2 hammering at Chelsea, where the home side were 4-0 up after just 34 minutes.
The score was made a little bit more respectable when Darren Bent scored in the second minute of injury time, but Sunderland’s defense right now looks hopeless, and we assume Geordie manager Steve Bruce will bring reinforcements in quickly.
We need Sunderland to stay in the Premier League for next season – so we can get two wins and 6 points against them. 😀
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