Bristol City are being toasted on Tyneside on this St Patrick’s Day (night).
Starting the evening in the relegation zone, the West Country outfit have absolutely smashed Huddersfield Town.
Bristol City running out 4-0 winners and pulling themselves up to 19th, three places above the drop zone.
In the process they have also done Newcastle United (and Brighton) a massive favour, the top placed duo remaining six points ahead of David Wagner’s third placed club but now having played the same number of games.
How the Championship table now looks on Friday night:
Saturday sees Newcastle looking to go nine points clear of third and three points clear of Brighton, when they kick off at Birmingham City in a 3pm kick-off.
Brighton then feature in a tough teatime clash, travelling to play (now fifth placed) Leeds United in a game starting at 5.30pm.
By tomorrow night, Huddersfield will once again have a game in hand but Newcastle and/or Brighton will not be worrying too much about that if they are then nine points ahead in the automatic promotion slots with only eight games to play.
Bristol City did the damage on Friday night with two goals in each half, Tomlin and Abraham scoring in the first and then Flint & Cotterill adding a couple more strikes in the second period.
Interesting statistics as Huddersfield dominated possession (62%), the clubs had only two corners (one each) between them and Bristol City scored their four goals from only five efforts on target.
It is going to be a long long international break for Huddersfield to think about where it all went wrong, especially if the two clubs above them take advantage on Saturday.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Reading moved above Leeds into fourth with a 2-0 win at sixth placed Sheffield Wednesday.
Reading are now 10 points behind both Newcastle and Brighton but have played a game more.