After losing 3 points on Boxing Day to the six teams immediately below us in the Championship we have gained some points today following the completion of the end of year fixtures.
In the early game, 4th placed Huddersfield Town could only draw 1-1 at home to 3rd bottom Blackburn Rovers – who Newcastle play at Ewood Park on Monday night; the Terriers are 9 points behind Newcastle.
Derby County drew at home 0-0 with second bottom Wigan and are 12 points behind us and Sheffield Wednesday, after their win at St. James Park on Monday night, came back with an equalizer in the 94th minute to draw 1-1 at Preston North End.
The Owls are 11 points behind Newcastle in 6th place.
And Norwich City are still finding it hard going at the moment with a 0-0 draw at Brentford and the Canaries have only two wins in their last 12 league games.
The results today really do show in the Championship there are no easy games and the bottom sides seem to be able to draw or win against higher placed sides – each game seems to be a battle.
Next up for Newcastle are Blackburn Rovers on Monday and they beat us 1-0 on 26th November to break our 9 game winning streak.
It would be an excellent result for us if we can win this game at Ewood Park – but it will not be easy.
Here’s the latest standings at the top of the league after today’s games.