I’m probably like most of you, in those opening 11 matches it was difficult to know what you wanted in other games because you didn’t what and who impacted on Newcastle United.
Now though, we maybe have reached a point where there has been a bit of a shake down and we can see who the likely challengers could be.
It might have gone pretty unnoticed but Friday night’s results have left the chance for a bit of a breakaway to happen today in the Championship.
The results last night saw Cardiff 2 Bristol City 1 and Forest 3 Birmingham 1.
Bristol City were fifth and Birmingham sixth going into those games, so with third placed Newcastle up against Brentford in seventh, it gives a little extra spice to the game.
The other games at the top this weekend see top placed Huddersfield play tomorrow, whilst second placed Norwich and Brighton in fourth, both playing this afternoon.
Their matches are:
Brighton v Preston
Norwich v Rotherham
Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday
If all four teams at the top win (assuming Reading don’t win at QPR), we would end the weekend with the top six looking like this:
20 Bristol City
Obviously still a long long way to go but a gap could start to appear between a top three or four and the rest, especially if the followed up by results falling the same way in the upcoming midweek matches, when Newcastle travel to Barnsley on Tuesday.
With so many games in quick succession, those two wins against Norwich and Rotherham just before the break were crucial in keeping Newcastle amongst it at the top.
Hopefully Rafa Benitez can keep his players at it and the squad strength can start to help United pull away at the top as the season marches on.