Newcastle have now won our last three games in all competitions including our last two Championship games to go top of the league in a short eight-day span.
However, if Brighton & Hove Albion beat Cardiff City at home tomorrow night in their make-up game, they will take over the top place again.
Newcastle are 9 points above 3rd placed Huddersfield and Jonjo Shelvey has returned in style from his five game FA suspension to propel Newcastle to the last two wins and 7 goals in the process.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in training over the weekend
Isaac Hayden is back playing again after suffering only a slight groin strain and it looks like Vurnon Anita is out for only six weeks with his ankle injury and not the two to three months that was first reported in the Times.
And over the weekend there was more good news with Aleksandar Mitrovic returning to training following the very bad gash he received a couple of weeks ago at Birmingham City.
Maybe Mitro can make it on the bench for our next game at Oxford United in the 4th round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Daryl Murphy scored again on Saturday for his third goal in as many games and he’s showing he can get the job done when in the side.
So things have improved a lot over the last couple of weeks and Aleksandar returning to training is the latest good news.
No more news on top goalscorer Dwight Gayle with his hamstring injury, but Rafa is saying they are taking it day by day, but we cannot rush the lad back from what is a chronic injury for him.
Without Gayle, Scottish International Matt Ritchie has stepped up to the plate with a brace in each of our last two games – good for him and good for Newcastle.
Things are now looking a lot better at Newcastle and what we need is another (very) long winning streak.