It was a good professional win for Newcastle last night and now with 15 wins in 21 games we have a win ratio of 71.4% and if we can keep that up Newcastle will end up with 33 wins on the season and 99 points at least – and promotion.
It would also be a record number of wins in the Championship – that’s if we can keep it up.
Last night we had some good performances put in again by Mo Diame, Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey.
Mohammed Diame scores against his former club
Mo is our Man of the Match with 42% of the vote and it was good to see him combine so well with Hayden for his first Championship goal of the season – and hopefully there will be many more this season.
Mo is a big strong player who is hard to push off the ball once he’s making a run and it’s great to see him coming into top form.
Second in the voting is Isaac Hayden on 21% and he’s one of the success stories of the season and he’s already a better player this season under Rafa’s coaching.
He’s an excellent technical player who makes things look easy – always the sign of a very good player.
Jonjo Shelvey has been in the top three or thereabouts of our poll for most of the last couple of months.
He’s becoming a good consistent player and the playmaker in midfield for us and he had another impressive game last night.
We’re going to miss him if he gets that 5 game suspension next week for his FA charge – but who knows – maybe Isaac Hayden can step up to the plate and fill in as the playmaker in Jonjo’s absence?
It was a terrific three points last night that put us back on top in the Championship table and now we need the same again at Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon.
That will not be an easy game and certainly not a mismatch as Burton manager Nigel Clough said in yesterdays’ press conference for the game.
We’ll be delighted if we can win the game and make it 3 wins in a row.