We were hoping that Huddersfield Town and Reading would draw last night so we could gain 2 points on both clubs – but Huddersfield spoiled things and scored the winner in the 82nd minute to register their 6th league win on the trot.
The cheek of it – spoilsports.
Huddersfield remain 5 points behind us and that’s 6 points if you take into account goal difference.
Bristol City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town and Reading
But by Tuesday Match 7th we will have played Bristol City at home and Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading away from home and those four results could be crucial to Newcastle’s season.
If we don’t do well in those games it doesn’t say we cannot still get an automatic promotion place.
Each game (thankfully) is worth 3 points and we have home games against teams like Fulham, Wigan, Burton, Preston and Barnsley that we should be able to win.
We also have away games against Birmingham, Preston and Cardiff City that we should be able to win.
But of course we have learned this season that whatever league position the team is in they can be very tough to beat both home and away.
Think Blackburn Rovers.
We probably need 8 more wins to gain an automatic promotion spot and that would give us 93 points and that also assumes we lose the other six games.
So while the games against Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading are huge games, we can still rack up the wins even if we lose all three games – which is unlikely.
Here’s how things look at the moment with the top six in the Championship and it’s Huddersfield who could become a huge threat to both Brighton and Newcastle for those two automatic promotion spots.
Of course we’ve done something here that Rafa will not like or approve of in any way – we’ve looked past the next game.
Next up are Bristol City on Saturday at home and we need to win that – and maybe that can be one of the eight wins we need.
Howay The Lads!!