The Gods are lining up behind Newcastle United – and it’s about time.
Chris Hughton – under pressure
Nottingham Forest were beaten this afternoon at Doncaster Rovers by 1-0, with a Billy Sharp goal being enough after 31 minutes.
And after 83 minutes Forest’s Gareth McCleary was sent off, and the result leaves Newcastle now 5 points clear of 3rd placed Forest, with a goal in hand and a superior goal difference.
That lucky draw today is now looking just a little bit better.
And second placed WBA came from behind with a late equalizer after 87 minutes by impressive 19 year-old Joe Mattock at Reading, to gain a 2-2 draw, and a replay back at West Brom.
This was a well fought game, with Shane Long of Reading being given a red card after 48 minutes, and Youssouf Molunbu obliging after 61 minutes with a stupid foul, that had him sent off and the sides back level at 10 men apiece.
But 3rd bottom Reading gave WBA all they could handle this afternoon, and were just a little unlucky not to go through – but this is a good result for Newcastle, because it could almost guarantee two more games for WBA in the FA Cup.
And WBA still have 16 games to finish in the Championship – all before the beginning of May. That will add to the games WBA have to play, especially if they win the replay, which will be the expected result.
Newcastle’s two upcoming home games against Coventry and Preston, will give them a chance to move even further ahead in an automatic promotion place.
But Newcastle, like Nottingham Forest are going through a bad patch, but surely after all the good work this season, Newcastle will not let mental weakness stand in the way of getting back to the top flight at the first attempt.
It’s hard to think that will happen, but hey, this is Newcastle after all, where nothing comes easy.
Howay The Lads!!