When we got home from the hospital last night after an unexpected four hour stay, I casually checked the Championship for some reason and saw that Brighton had lost 2-0 away at Norwich.
What a surprise that was – but maybe it had something to do with Brighton, managed magnificently this season by former Magpies boss Chris Hughton, had just been promoted to the Premier League for the first time ever last Monday night.
Yes – that’s a possibility.
Rafa Benitez last Monday
Norwich never had a shot on target the whole game and the two goals were attributed as own goals to Championship goalkeeper of the Season David Stockdale, but neither were his fault – just unlucky.
But it also means we could gain 3 points on the Seagulls with a win on Monday night at home to Preston and we’d be only 4 points behind them – not a massive seven.
Rafa will never say it in public, but he will have wanted to win the Championship and will do everything possible to win the last three games.
That’s a good possibility – just as long as our players turn up and execute the game plan well.
The main thing today is how Huddersfield will do and how Reading will do.
If they don’t win then that’s a step closer to promotion for the Magpies, but if they win (especially the Terriers) it’s still possible they can catch us if we continue to keep losing or drawing games.
But it’s completely in our hands and if we don’t take it – it’s our fault – we cannot blame anybody else.
Here’s how things look at the top of the Championship today.
The Huddersfield result at Fulham today is crucial to Newcastle’s promotion chances and it’s so close to the end of the season with just three games to play.