With both Newcastle and Brighton only drawing last night and Huddersfield, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United all winning, it’s starting to get close at the top of the Championship.
Newcastle are now just 5 points ahead of 3rd placed Huddersfield who have won their last five league games although in that time-frame they have gained only one point on the Magpies, who have won four and drawn two.
DeAndre Yedlin congratulates Ayoze Perez after first goal
Next up are Aston Villa at home next Monday night and they have lost their last four games, so it could be a bit of a banana skin game for us, but we must win it and hopefully Dwight Gayle will start that game up front.
The bad news last night was our pitiful defending in that first half and the good news was that after conceding two poor goals to put the home side 2-1 up, we came back well and showed fight, guts and spirit and deserved the 2-2 draw and could have even won the game.
The poor defending was both a surprise and a disappointment after the way the lads had been brilliant in defense last Saturday at Wolves in the 1-0 win.
Rafa will want to see a much better defensive performance in our next game against Aston Villa and then we are again at home to Bristol City the following Saturday.
Here’s the position at the top of the league and of course things can change every week.