This season is not turning out to be as easy in the promotion race as some of us had hoped for in the summer and would you believe that Brighton won again last night even though they were reduced to 10 men after 65 minutes.
They still somehow managed to beat a good Sheffield Wednesday side 2-1 at the Amex Stadium to go back above Newcastle at the top of the league table.
Rafa Benitez – still confident Newcastle can go up
Rafa Benitez is still trying to do a couple of deals this month for a central midfielder and a winger, but there are problems with Newcastle needing to do loan deals and other clubs unwilling to let their good players leave this month.
But Rafa is still confident that he can engineer an instant return to the big money and world-wide exposure of the Premier League.
We’ve found out again this season that when you are in England’s second division you are very much second class citizens in English football.
This is what Rafa has said about transfers and promotion as reported on the Inside Futbol web-site:
“Every day we talk about transfers in the club.”
“The plan is to sign the best players possible.” “We will sign who we need.”
“Yes, I believe that we have the potential to succeed with an instant return.”
“Obviously to be promoted is the objective.” “That’s the most important thing, but also we can build something.”
“In order to return to the Premier League we have to be patient and deal with every match separately.”
We play Rotherham United at St. James’ Park today and we cannot afford any more slip-ups with teams we should be beating – especially at home.
Here’s the status of things at the top of the Championship right now and a win today will take us back to the top of the league.
If you take into account goal difference we are currently 8 points clear in an automatic promotion place.
It would be good if we can increase that today.