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.
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.
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!!