We were doing really well when we beat Brighton and Huddersfield earlier this year, but strangely enough we have gone into a bad run of results over the last eight games.
But even after we had beaten Wigan and Burton at home after the International break, we were ahead in the league table but it’s the last three games that have decimated our ability to be promoted as Champions.
In the last three games we have taken only one point with suffered two away defeats in which we have played very badly – at both Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town – and conceded five goals.
David McGoldrick scores Ipswich second goal
And in between we put in a good performance at home to Leeds United, but only managed to draw that game when we made a mistake in the very last minute of stoppage time and allowed Leeds to take away an undeserved point.
Brighton have won their last five games and they have therefore gained 8 points on us in those games – so we have let ourselves down badly in the last three games.
It’s simply not good enough and will taint the season, though we still expect to get an automatic promotion spot still.
But the good news is that if we can beat Preston at home next Monday and Huddersfield don’t win at an in-form Fulham on Saturday – we will be promoted.
We will have 88 points and the most the Terriers can get will be 87 or 88 depending on whether they lose or draw on Saturday.
And since we have a better goal difference of 33 goals, somebody tell us how it’s possible for the Terriers to score 35 goals in their last three games to get a better goals difference than Newcastle.
Reading can still get 88 points if they beat Nottingham Forest on Saturday and win their last two games but they would then need to score 36 goals in their last two games with none conceded to better Newcastle’s goal difference.
Goal difference does mean something – especially when there are only a few games to play.
Of course we still need to win next Monday night and the way the lads have looked lately they seem scared stiff in case they will lose – which is what they have managed to do twice in the last three games.
That must change very quickly – it’s all in the mind.