Newcastle’s 2-1 win at Watford yesterday meant the Hornets were the 5th team Newcastle have done the double over, so far this season.
The other teams Newcastle have beaten both at home and away this season are Cardiff City (1-0 and 5-1), Preston (1-0 and 3-0), Crystal Palace (2-0 and 2-0) and Coventry City (2-0 and 4-1).
The win yesterday meant that Newcastle are on a 3 game winning streak since losing disastrously at Derby County 3-0, and they will look to extend that run next Saturday when Barnsley are the visitors to St. James’ Park – 3:00 pm KO.
But they will not be able to add to their doubles tally.
Barnsley drew with Newcastle 2-2 at Oakwell on 12th December, when Hassell got a late equalizing goal after 87 minutes for Barnsley.
We should make extra sure on Saturday that we get all 3 points to keep our winning streak alive.
And after the game yesterday manager Chris Hughton indicated that the impressive 19 year-old left-back Patrick van Aanholt, will definitely now return to Chelsea, and his loan period will not be extended.
Patrick has performed so well for Newcastle during his month on loan, and we’re sure the fans are appreciative of that, as the Dutchman filled in for the injured Jose Enrique.
We have to hope that Jose Enrique will now be fit for next Saturday, but if not it wouldn’t hurt to give young 19 year-old Hungarian Tamas Kadar a run out at left back against Barnsley.
Tamas is certainly one for the future on Tyneside.
But let’s not be over-confident or get ahead of ourselves against Barnsley – 3 points is what we need and nothing less.