Obviously the Newcastle United focus was temporarily switched to the FA Cup at the weekend and of course the debate has then dragged on, due to the Magpies’ feeble exit.

In their absence though, business has been ongoing in the Championship and results have continued to go against Newcastle.

Since the 4-0 win against Rotherham, Newcastle fans have seen the following results:

Tuesday 24 January

Brighton 1 Cardiff 0

Reading 1 Fulham 0

Wednesday 25 January

Leeds 2 Nottingham Forest 0

Saturday 28 January

Reading 2 Cardiff 1

Championship Table after Reading beat Cardiff

60 Brighton (GD+25)

58 Newcastle (+33)

52 Reading (+4) (Played 28)

51 Leeds (+12) (Played 28)

49 Huddersfield (+2)

45 Sheffield Wednesday (+5)

Whilst we still hope for positive news before Tuesday night’s transfer deadline, more importantly we have six days and 10 matches that could give a major shake-up to the automatic promotion and play-off spots.

If Newcastle bank another six points then we will be sitting pretty, especially with others in that top six playing each other.

Brighton are the most obvious competition at the top, whilst Reading threaten from below.

Newcastle need to make this count with the two home matches, as Brighton face tough away games at both Brentford and Huddersfield which could prove troublesome.

Reading could close to within three points of Newcastle if beating Birmingham tomorrow night, though will have played two games more,, the same with Leeds who would be four behind having played two matches more, if Newcastle lose to QPR.

After these two home matches, Newcastle face a seven game run where five of them are away from St James Park.

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

(Newcastle United’s current upcoming schedule below)

Wednesday 1 February – Newcastle v QPR (7.45pm) – SKY SPORTS

Saturday 4 February – Newcastle v Derby (3pm)

Saturday 11 February – Wolves v Newcastle (5.30pm) – SKY SPORTS

Tuesday 14 February – Norwich v Newcastle (7.45pm)

Monday 20 February – Newcastle v Aston Villa (8pm) – SKY SPORTS

Saturday 25 February – Newcastle v Bristol City (3pm)

Tuesday 28 February – Brighton v Newcastle (7.45pm) – SKY SPORTS

Saturday 4 March – Huddersfield v Newcastle (5.30pm) – SKY SPORTS

Tuesday 7 March – Reading v Newcastle (7.45pm)

Saturday 11 March – Newcastle v Fulham (3pm)

Saturday 18 March – Birmingham v Newcastle (3pm)

(Then a two week international break follows, before Newcastle v Wigan on Saturday 1 April)