There was no joy today for Newcastle from the two clubs in second and third place in the Championship table, as both WBA and Nottingham Forest secured home wins.
West Brom came through 3-2 at home against a decent Preston side, with all goals coming in the first half.
Goals from Ben Watson (7 mins), Chris Brunt (9 mins) and Graham Dorrans (33 mins) saw WBA to a good 3 points. Sean St. Ledger (15 mins) and Neil Mellor (43) scored for Preston.
And Nottingham Forest won 1-0 at home against Peterborough United through a 13th minute goal from Robert Earnshaw.
In other results this afternoon, 4th placed Swansea could only draw 1-1 at QPR and Middlebrough picked up a point at the Riverside by drawing 1-1 with Reading.
WBA are now on 75 points, just one behind Newcastle, who play at Bristol City this afternoon in the late game.
Nottingham Forest are on 67 points, but Newcastle have two games in hand on both teams.