After 94 minutes of the match on Wednesday, the thought of Newcastle United heading into the international break was looking a ‘little’ unlikely.
A 3-2 defeat meant Newcastle were destined to go into this weekend’s fixtures in ninth place, seven points behind leaders Norwich and six behind second placed Huddersfield.
Of course 60 dramatic seconds changed all of that…strikes from Gouffran and Gayle sent the St James Park crowd into ecstasy and maybe we’d just witnessed the game that has paved the way towards promotion.
The enticing prospect awaits us now, of Newcastle potentially heading into yet another international break, at the top of the Championship.
To make this happen, we need Huddersfield to lose at Ipswich and Norwich not to win at Wolves.
Plus of course Newcastle winning at Rotherham!
The South Yorkshire team are of course bottom of the table, whilst the recent form table (last six games) sees Newcastle at the very top and Rotherham the very bottom.
Sometimes though the headline news doesn’t tell the whole story.
No denying that Rotherham are bottom with only six points after 10 games, have lost all five away matches scoring only three goals and conceding 16, plus their home game saw a 2-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Cardiff, sending them to rock bottom in 24th place.
However, their home record doesn’t really suggest an easy afternoon for Newcastle United.
For starters, Rotherham have scored in every home match and apart from that Cardiff defeat, having lost one in front of their own fans.
The other home results are a 1-0 defeat of 5th place Brentford, 2-2 against 6th place Bristol City, 2-2 when they played 15th placed Nottingham Forest, plus 2-2 against 11th place Wolves, who recently beat Newcastle at St James Park with United unable to even score a goal.
I still think Newcastle will win BUT these Rotherham stats suggest they will definitely score a goal, most likely two, so everything crossed that Rafa Benitez sends out the team with the kind of attacking intent to try and take them apart, rather than eke out a 1-0 win, especially when NUFC have just conceded six goals in their past three Championship matches..