Newcastle have certainly delivered at home for their fans during their last four home games.
Kevin Nolan – 12th goal of the season today
In those last four home games – against Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, Coventry City and Preston North End today, Newcastle have scored 14 goals and conceded just two – so that’s a nice +12 on goal difference, thank you very much.
And it was nice to get the first clean sheet since we held 10 man Leicester City at Leicester 0-0, on 30th January, in in what was a poor performance.
And today was the team’s 19th clean sheet of the season in all competitions – not too bad at all.
So Newcastle now have two wins on the trot, and of course wins is what will get the Newcastle club promoted this season – not draws.
And while our home form has been very good and the fan support just magnificent – there were over 45,000 fans at today’s game – our away form could do with some improvement – and not many would disagree with that.
Next up for Newcastle are Watford away next Saturday (3:00 pm KO), and that would be a good time to get our first away win in 8 attempts, since the last time we won away was at Coventry on 9th December – a good 2-0 win.
Of the 14 games remaining 8 are away from home, so it will be interesting to see how many points we can pick up from those 24 points on offer.
While we have to be careful away from home, we could also be more attacking, especially if we can unleash Routledge and Gutierrez together on the wings.
These lads looked great last Wednesday although Wayne missed out today with a calf injury.
Extending this winning streak has to be Newcastle’s goal now, but with 14 games still to go, and Nottingham Forest and WBA both keeping close on Newcastle’s heels in the league, we cannot take anything for granted – and won’t.
It”s all still on the line, but it’s a nice position to be in after 32 games played – no doubt about that.
We’d have taken this last July, and most of us would have thought that 66 points after just 32 Championship games would have been a dream.
Well – that’s where we are right now – but still a lot to play for.
Howay The Lads!!