Newcastle have their most important game of the season on Monday night against 3rd placed Nottingham Forest.
Chris Hughton – a win on Monday night and he’s almost there
Newcastle are currently 10 points ahead of Nottingham Forest with a game in hand, and after Monday night Forest will have just 6 games to play and 18 points to add to their points total for the season.
If Newcastle win the game they will have 83 points and Forest will only be able to get 88 points, if they win all their remaining games.
So Newcastle will need 5 points in their remaining 7 games to guarantee promotion.
So a win on Monday night will be virtual promotion.
Notice promotion will also happen if Nottingham Forest drop just 5 points in their remaining 6 games of the season, given Newcastle win on Monday night.
Of course after Monday night the lads still need to get 7 wins in their last 7 games- that’s obvious – and there can be no letting up at all – not one little bit.
We still need to beat WBA to the Championship title.
Steve Harper wants a full house on Monday night, and with a win, the fans will be able to celebrate big time.
This is what Steve said this morning:
“It would be great to get a full house and get everyone roaring behind us, get the lads coming out of the blocks quickly and really go for Forest,”
“If we were to lose that game it would be game-on a little bit, looking over our shoulders somewhat.
“But if we can get that 50,000 or a fullhouse and come out and really go for it and win the game it would be a special night, which the fans would remember for a long time.”
Newcastle will be able to field a very strong side with Peter Lovenkrands, Mike Williamson and Alan Smith all available for that game.
We expect the following attacking starting eleven on Monday night:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Routledge Nolan Guthrie Gutierrez
That’s about the most attacking side that Newcastle can field and it should be a great game.
A very good time for Newcastle fans to attend the game, and with a win – some celebration would be in order.
The fans can reflect on how far this club has come since last July, when all was miserable and murky, and the press was having a field day in kicking the famous club, when it was down.
Not any longer, and the progress has been fantastic, thanks to Chris Hughton, the coaching staff and the loyal players still at the club.
They’ve been just great!
Howay The Lads!!