Newcastle climbed out of the bottom six into 14th place in the league table with a resounding 2-0 win at Brentford. While Josh Dasilva’s early exit helped matters, the lads put in a very professional performance to earn the three points.
The other results around the league went Newcastle’s way as Watford and Burnley only managed draws with other clubs around us suffering defeats. Here is a look at the league table as it currently stands.
The focus again shifts to our next opponent. On Saturday Brighton, who have lost three on the trot, come to St. James’ Park. The Seagulls were beaten by Aston Villa, the only club in the lower half of the table other than Newcastle to win today.
It’s easy to get carried away with this recent surge. Newcastle are in a very good place at the moment but a bad couple of matches can easily spoil things. So the focus has to be to keep this terrific run going.
Eddie Howe was quick to emphasize that the job is far from done. There are still 13 matches to play and the lads need to continue to pick up points to steer clear from the bottom three.
Here is the head coach’s words of warning as published in The Mail:
“The relegation picture for me goes right to the wire. We don’t want to be involved but our next run of games dictates what happens. We have to be focused, not be carried away with results.”
Newcastle are only 4 points from the drop zone with Burnley inviting Leicester to Turf Moor on Tuesday. The gap could be even less should The Clarets keep their unbeaten run alive.
The next few weeks could determine how nervy the final stretch of this season is. There are five matches to play before the March international break. It’s imperative Newcastle keep this momentum going.
Things can change very quickly in this league. Brentford were flying high to start this season but are now in the thick of a relegation battle. Their drop mirrors that of Leeds who have collapsed in recent weeks.
In a season of coaching changes, there could be yet another casualty. The Athletic’s David Ornstein is reporting that Leeds could part ways with Marcelo Bielsa after a run of four straight losses.
? Growing expectation that Marcelo Bielsa will be leaving position as Leeds United head coach. Final discussion yet to take place but his exit now increasingly likely. Jesse Marsch firm favourite to be named as successor. W/ @PhilHay_ @TheAthleticUK #LUFC https://t.co/9ewRbHidyL
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) February 26, 2022