The comfort zone for Newcastle United was reduced yet again on Wednesday night.

Tuesday night had seen wins for both Brighton and Reading, sending the Seagulls clear by two points and Jaap Stam’s team closing the gap to nine points.

Wednesday night was the turn of Leeds and their 2-0 home win over Forest, thanks to goals from Wood (now has 17 goals, only three short of Dwight Gayle on 20) and Doukara.

Leeds have now played a game more than the rest of the top six but they have moved into third and only seven points adrift of Newcastle.

That makes it three results in a row going against Newcastle and there are another three matches involving top six teams before NUFC play another in the Championship:

Tuesday 24 January

Brighton 1 Cardiff 0

Reading 1 Fulham 0

Wednesday 25 January

Leeds 2 Nottingham Forest 0

Championship Table after Leeds beat Forest

60 Brighton (GD+25)

58 Newcastle (+33)

51 Leeds (+12)

49 Huddersfield (+2)

49 Reading (+3)

45 Sheffield Wednesday (+5)

There are games all over the place and Reading play twice more before Newcastle go in against QPR.

Saturday 28 January

Reading v Cardiff

Tuesday 31 January

Birmingham v Reading

Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday

Wednesday 1 February

Blackburn v Leeds

Newcastle v QPR

Thursday 2 February

Huddersfield v Brighton

Friday 3 February

Wigan v Sheff Wed

Saturday 4 February

Ipswich v Reading

Newcastle v Derby

Sunday 5 February

Huddersfield v Leeds

Brentford v Brighton

It is a time for Newcastle to just get on with their own thing but at the same time, you have to think that after this little series of matches, the promotion picture is going to be a little more transparent.