I’m constantly hearing people worried about the chasing pack of teams behind Newcastle United & Brighton – and I don’t know why.

The points we have at this stage of the season is remarkable and we’re definitely going back up to the Premier League. The chasing pack simply don’t have the quality in depth to keep up with Brighton and ourselves in the final stages of the campaign.

I am not 100% confident that we’ll win the league – but to be honest I don’t care – I’ve seen us win that trophy twice and it’s meaningless.

I have been looking back through time to the 92/93 season (the first season I can really remember) and the 09/10 season (one I remember fondly as the most fun season ever – winning every week was great) and comparing our points totals for those two excellent campaigns to this season.

Having played 32 games so far we have 69 points – in 92/93 we had 67, and in 09/10 it was 66. We’re actually ahead of where we were in two excellent seasons, so why are so many people frustrated?

From around my seat in the Leazes there seems to be constant negativity, whether it be the sighs every time Jack Colback gets on the ball, the groans when Paul Dummett doesn’t take on a whole team down the left hand side, or the sarcastic cheers that greeted the return of Sammy Ameobi every time he touched the ball on his return from Bolton.

I know we live in a post-truth era of Donald Trump and Brexit now…but we seriously need to look at some non-alternative facts.

We have one of the best managers in the world.

We have scored more goals than any other team in this league.

We have conceded less goals than any other team.

We have a team that is more than good enough to win promotion from this league and to then form the base of a good Premier League team.

We have achieved our highest points total at this stage of the season in this division in my lifetime (83/84 we had 60 points at this stage).

We have a trio of tough away games coming up but we won’t lose them all…and even if we did we would expect to still be in, or very near the top two.

Please, let’s try and look on the bright side.

This time last season Steve McClaren was still in charge, the season before that it was John Carver.

Things have come a long way!!

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