Newcastle lost 3-1 today at Ipswich and our players put in yet another shoddy performance and they seem to be choking and we are imploding as far as the performances and results go – especially the results.
Since we beat Brighton and Huddersfield away in successive games in late February and early March we have had a poor strong of 8 games where we have lost three and lost three for a measly points of 9 points – closer to relegation form than promotion form.
A frustrated Rafa Benitez at Portman Road
But it seems that the Terriers are continuing to throw their chances of catching us away after the were leading 1-0 after 9 minutes at derby County today until their former player Butterfield equalized with only two minutes to go.
That means on this round of games we are promotion points total has dropped by 2 and Huddersfield can get only 90 points so we have 5 points to get in our final three games of the season to make absolutely sure.
And the way things are with our much superior goal difference – which journalists don’t seem to take into account – if we beat Preston on Monday at St. James’ Park and Huddersfield fail to beat Fulham at Craven Cottage we will be promoted.
Even though Reading are now 3rd in the table on 79 points the most they can get is a total of 88 points and we have a better goal difference.
But this is really all very sad because it’s starting to take the joy away from promotion – Brighton are promoted and Chris Hughton’s side are now 7 points ahead of us and will go up as Champions.
Congratulations to Brighton and Chris – they deserve it – and it’s Chris’ second Championship trophy.
We are limping across the finish line and these last 8 games we have looked a very ordinary side.
But we will still take automatic promotion!!
That was the only goal this season – to get back up however we could manage it – but it’s been really really tough especially since early March.