Newcastle Closer To Promotion – This Number Of Points Needed


Newcastle fans had been hoping during the International break that we could improve our home form when the next two league games were both at the venerable St. James Park against second bottom Wigan Athletic and fourth bottom Burton Albion.

But two wins were by no means a certainty after we had somehow managed to lose five league games at home this season.

But the lads have delivered the goods and we got all 6 points beating Wigan 2-1 on Saturday and then beating Burton 1-0 last night.

The lads have delivered when it matters.

Rafa Benitez explains rules to referee Keith Stroud to no avail

Referee Keith Stroud disallowed a penalty by Matt Ritchie in the first half for encroachment, but then he gave a free kick to Burton inside the penalty area.

A clear mistake by a referee and his assistants who clearly didn’t know the rules as the penalty should have been retaken.

But at the end of the day or should we say at the end of the night, Newcastle won again and we are back on top of the league with 84 points from our 40 games.

Yes!

Huddersfield had a good 3-0 home win against Norwich City and now have 74 points from 39 games, after losing 1-0 at home on Saturday to Burton Albion.

So the best they can do is to win all remaining seven games and get 95 points.

Since we have a much better goal difference we need to get to 95 points from our final six games – so that’s 11 points from six games we need –  four wins would do it.

That’s certainly possible and will be less if the Terriers drop points.

Here’s the state at the top of the table and as Chris Hughton’s Brighton and Newcastle keep winning it’s looking like the two clubs who have been at the top of the league since early October will get the two automatic promotion spots.

But we warn anything can still happen.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

Promotion would be absolutely fantastic, but Rafa will have the lads with their feet firmly on the ground and ready for a tough game at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon in the late kick-off game – we need another win.

Every win takes us closer to the Premier League.

Howay The Lads!!

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5 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Apr 6, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d be surprised if Hud won all seven games. I think 3 more wins would be enough for us tbh.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 6, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Well Huddersfiel have got Forest away next who are scrapping for their lives now.

    Then they have Preston at home who are still in wiha shout of the play-offs and are no pushovers.

    Then they’ve got Derby away who on their day can beat anybody and have a faint chance of play-offs and should probably be higher in the league if they didn’t have to put up with Schteve for 3/4 of a season.

    I predict we’ll confirm promotion at the Ipswich match. Then the travelling Toon Army can have a love-in over SBR with the home fans and celebrate promotion! Could be a great day.

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  • WLtoon

    Apr 6, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    i think 2 wins and a draw will be enough. that gives us 91 pts. If we beat Sheffield Wed over the wkend, i think we could secure promotion by beating Leeds , thats easter wkend.

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  • toonie

    Apr 6, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    That stupid mistake by Keith Stroud could cost Newcastle Big-Time!! That goal difference has shrunk to 7, so if the Championship ends up tied on points, that stolen goal could cost more than the right to be named Champions.

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  • Charlietoon

    Apr 6, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyone think we could/should go for Walcott if we get promoted?

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