Newcastle United fans waking up on Sunday morning will have a smile on their face, despite any hangover.
A ‘Super Saturday’ saw Newcastle United with what looked the toughest fixture away from home against a hit and miss Wolves side who had beaten both Liverpool & Stoke in recent times.
However, by the time the final whistle went on Saturday night, the Magpies were in a significantly stronger position than they’d started the day on.
Before Newcastle played, they had seen the following results this weekend:
Brighton 4 Burton 1
Leeds 0 Cardiff 2
Reading 0 Barnsley o
QPR 1 Huddersfield 2
With Wolves 0 Newcastle 1, it meant that three of the results for the top five had gone the Magpies way.
Newcastle loan player Adam Armstrong playing his own small part, coming off the bench for the final 23 minutes to help Barnsley get a very good draw at Reading.
This is now how the top of the Championship looks:
65 Newcastle (GD +35) – Played 30
64 Brighton (+26) – Played 30
58 Huddersfield (+6) – Played 30
57 Reading (+5) – Played 31
54 Leeds (+10) – Played 31
It is not a case of writing off Reading and Leeds just yet but whilst Newcastle have beaten Derby and Wolves, Reading have drawn two and Leeds lost two, meaning they are eight and 11 points behind Newcastle respectively, both having played one game more.
Instead, the biggest threat to Newcastle, and indeed Brighton, is now looking to be Huddersfield Town.
A strange season has seen them looking very strong promotion contenders when starting the season with eight wins and only two defeats in their first 11 matches, including a win at Newcastle.
This was then followed by only one win and five defeats in the next eight Championship fixtures, Huddersfield looking to be just an average second tier team who had out together a bit of form and results early on.
However, the last 11 games has now seen them win nine and lose only one, to show the best recent form of any club in the Championship since early December.