When Newcastle went on a 9 winning streak in all competitions after the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on 24th September, we had 5 clean sheets during that run and it was important the defense play well so we didn’t need to score too many goals to win the game.
With Dwight Gayle now out for at least four weeks after his hamstring went again on Tuesday night against Aston Villa, it will be even more important that our defense is strong and on form basically for the remainder of the season.
Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle captain and center-back
That’s especially true in the next four games against Bristol City, Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading which are massive games for Newcastle..
The good news is that the back four are starting to play well again, although individual errors cost us two points and two goals in the 2-2 draw at Norwich City last week.
Over the last four games we have kept three clean sheets against Derby, Wolves and Aston Villa, so we are hoping that we can continue that. especially in the four upcoming games.
If we cannot beat Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading – the games are all away – we certainly don’t want to lose them and allow any of those clubs to gain 3 points on us.
Once we have played Reading on March 7th Newcastle will have a better idea of how close we are to promotion.
But as we reported yesterday, even if we do not do well in the games against the other promotion seeking clubs we still have games left.
There are 10 games to play after the game at Reading, where we can pick up enough wins to secure promotion.
It will be a lot easier on the nerves if we can play well over the next couple of weeks and get some really good results.