Newcastle United have now completed a quarter of the season and the international break has seen many supporters comparing notes, rating how things have gone so far.
Fair to say most have had a positive outlook, though ‘good’ could have become ‘very good’ with just one change of result.
If Newcastle had beaten Huddersfield in that first home match of the season, then United would currently stand top with a two point advantage over Norwich. Instead, Newcastle find themselves third, a point behind Norwich and three adrift of Huddersfield.
The Championship is a monster, with 46 matches to fit in, plus having to arrange them around frequent international breaks – no wonder the last 15 or so years have seen only one pre-season favourite finish top of the table.
This first quarter of 11 matches will then be followed by another 13 games between now and the live TV match at Ewood Park on 2 January, a break for the FA Cup and Newcastle’s Championship season just over halfway and a second quarter completed.
You could say that this first quarter has been a real learning curve but surely this next 13 games period will be a lot more informative.
Can Huddersfield keep up this pace?
Will Newcastle now really get into their stride and make their powerful squad count?
Can Norwich do the same and/or will others come out of the chasing pack?
So many questions but we could be finding out a fair few answers very shortly.