There comes a time in any promotion race when the players begin to slowly but surely realize they have almost done it and got that vaunted promotion.
Of course there will be no celebrations at Newcastle by Rafa Benitez or anybody else associated with Newcastle United until we are mathematically promoted.
Then when we are, the next step will be to win the Championship and go head to head with Chris Hughton’s Brighton side.
Our favorite photo of Rafa Benitez – taken on 11th March, 2016
But the 2-1 win on Saturday against a decent Wigan side was a huge win for the club and while we didn’t play well, results are all that matters right now.
Newcastle are now 10 points above 3rd placed Huddersfield, who have lost four of their last five games and seem to be in a mini-collapse, so it’s clear what Newcastle need to keep doing.
For those who have may have been visiting the moon over the last few months, that means to keep winning games.
But we are now very close with a decent 81 points from 39 games, and our players may be able to loosen up a little bit and let some of that anxiety go.
And become inspired as it starts to become clear we are so close to getting that promotion and they will become heroes.
That will hopefully mean playing somewhere near their best form.
A win against Burton at home on Wednesday night and a win at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday could provide the 6 points to take us to 87 points and almost certain promotion with just five games to play.
Yes – it’s always dangerous to assume anything in football – we know.
But our lads are very close now and we must take all 3 points on Wednesday night against Burton.
It will not be easy, since they have just beaten Huddersfield Town 1-0 at John Smith’s Stadium.
But we can do it.
And if we do get manage to get promoted we can start talking about winning the Premier League, then winning the Champions League – never mind the FA Cup – and all that daft stupid stuff.
Howay The Lads!!