Newcastle made it five wins in a row against Ipswich with a textbook 3-0 home win and Paul Heckingbottom had every sympathy for Mick McCarthy.
The Barnsley boss was appearing as a guest pundit on Saturday night’s Channel 5 Championship coverage and outlined the task that faced the other 23 clubs in the second tier.
Newcastle beat Barnsley on Tuesday night with the home side struggling to muster any real threat to United’s goal and Paul Heckingbottom described how he saw NUFC: ‘They are just a really organised team with strength, power and a goal threat from all over the pitch’.
Barnsley bounced back with an impressive win at Brentford yesterday, with Adam Armstrong grabbing a goal, so this time it was Mick McCarthy and Ipswich who had to face Rafa’s Newcastle who are looking capable of dominating the division.
Paul Heckingbottom has no doubts as to what the outcome will be in May, saying ‘Anybody finishing above Newcastle will be in the Premier League next season’.
“It (Newcastle scoring early) makes it very difficult, they did the same in the last home game against Brentford.
“Fifty odd thousand fans, they get in front, they make more noise, and it is a difficult place to play.
“They have a lot of quality, all over the team. Whether that is attacking areas, wide players, central midfield players, centre-backs are chipping in with goals.
“They are just a really organised team with strength, power and a goal threat from all over the pitch.
“We threw everything at them and they gave us nothing, that is why they will be right up there.
“Anybody finishing above Newcastle will be in the Premier League next season.”
(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match go HERE)