The 3rd and 4th placed clubs in the Championship – Reading and Huddersfield – both won their games earlier today to keep some pressure on Newcastle before we take on Sheffield Wednesday in just over two hours time in the evening game.
Reading beat Norwich 3-1 at home after Jonny Howson conceded a penalty (handball) after 67 minuters for Norwich and was sent off.
Reading manager Jaap Stam
Reading beat Norwich 3-1 at home
The score was 1-1 at the time, but Yann Kermorgant hit the bar with the penalty.
But within a minute Garath McCleary headed home from a free kick to put the home side ahead and then a stoppage time goal made it 3-1 to Reading.
Huddersfield came back with two goals in the second half after being 1-0 down at half time at home to Forest and that was the fourth win on the trot for the Terriers.
Leeds United are in 5th place and they easily won 4-1 at Preston North End.
Aston Villa continued their improved form under new manager Steve Bruce and beat Burton Albion 2-1 at home.
Here’s the standings before Newcastle kickoff tonight.