Newcastle Got A Mini Reprieve Yesterday

It was on the 18th October when we beat Barnsley 2-0 away that we went top of the Championship overtaking Norwich City and at the time we had 28 points from 13 games.

But after two successive defeats in the league last week we expected to lose top place to Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday, with Chris Hughton’s team just 2 points behind us and they had already gained 3 points on us last weekend.

But Brighton didn’t win yesterday and could only draw 0-0 at Cardiff City.


Slavisa Jokanovic – Fulham Manager beat Reading 5-0

In addition to that 3rd placed Reading, who had also gained 3 points on us last weekend, were hammered 5-0 at Craven Cottage and remain 6 points behind us.

They had Danny Williams sent off after 54 minutes but they were already losing 2-0 at the time.

If you take our superior goal difference into account we are now 7 points above third placed Reading in an automatic promotion spot.

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These are the remaining five league games for this year.

Sat 10	15:00	H   Birmingham			
Wed 14	19:45	A   Wigan Athletic			
Sat 17	15:00	A   Burton Albion			
Mon 26	19:45	H   Sheffield Wed		
Fri 30	19:45	H   Nottm Forest

So if we can win those five games we will be in very good shape in the league at the start of 2017.

That final game of the year against Nottingham Forest should be an interesting one – wonder who the referee will be for that one?

And note we have three home games and two games on the road at Burton and Wigan who are both in the bottom six in the league table.

Given what’s happened this season that tells us those two games are potential banana skins, but we must go all out to win all five games.

If we can do that things will be very good going into the new year.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1


    Sorry mate but I don’t get the one dimensional point, for me he does the exact opposite of being one dimensional seeing that he plays short passes, one two’s, passes to the left wing, right wing, over the top, for me there is nothing one dimensional about his game, he keeps us very fluent and very varied.

  • posada

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa needs to be more like Ferguson in playing the mind games, especially with officials.
    All opposing teams target Shelvey. With bad tackles and abuse about his baldness, which is due to a condition he has had since he was a child.
    That is as bad as Racism, Sexism or Homophobia.
    If he reacts physically they engage in simulation. If he reacts verbally they make allegations against him.
    He is a talent and Rafa should be posing the question before games – he is entitled to some degree of protection.
    His team makes should offer support. I remember when Beckham was targeted by Arsenal. Roy Keane let it be known he wasn’t having it.
    The NUFC supporters should back him.
    If he has done wrong himself, particularly with a racist side to it he will have to face the consequences if proved.
    However, I’ll say it again this lad is being targeted sometimes with vile abuse.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3


    And there was me thinking you were taking a break from being your usual complete —-!

    Anyone who says Barca style football is boring, is actually saying a lot more about them than anything else. Yeah the silky, free flowing pass and move multi goal scoring football of Messi, Neymar and Suarez are a real borefest!

    Then again you’re a man who endlessly defended Pardew, whose one shot on goal during most 90 mins with 10 men behind the ball most of the match had you regularly creaming yourself.

    What a burden I carry wanting to watch good football with decent managers. You must yearn for the days of Jackie Charlton.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4


    on 80k a week I think I could take a bit of abuse about my receding hairline.

  • posada

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    He has no hair at all because of a medical condition.
    Using your logic I suppose it’s alright for players to be on the end of Racist abuse so long as they are being well paid.
    If you think that then your an idiot.


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