Well the Newcastle United promotion bandwagon keeps rolling on, although with the now obligatory home stutter after what were three fantastic away results over the last fortnight.
I feel that just four more wins will be enough to gain promotion back to the Premier League, maybe not as champions, but teams at the top are tripping each other up.
Who would have predicted Huddersfield’s collapse against Bristol (or ours against Fulham) and with games running out, 12 more NUFC points will surely see off the challenge from Huddersfield and the late arrivals to the party, Leeds United.
I think the current international break has come at a good time as a lot of the players were looking very leggy against Birmingham and Fulham.
I’m sure Rafa will have the players managed in the correct way over the next week or so and with players coming back from knocks we must surely have a right go against Wigan at St James park on April 1st and it’s at home where our problems seem to lie.
Our home form this season has been poor (5 defeats so far) and is not helped by the way we set ourselves up.
How many times this season have we been poor or just plain awful in home games? The 4-2-3-1 is all well and good away from home but we need to start off on the front foot at St James Park more often.
We need to allow Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu to have the freedom down the flanks, let Jonjo Shelvey sit back and ping balls around when the opposition allows him to and for heaven’s sake, Mohamed Diame needs a rocket up him right from the start against Wigan – otherwise it is simply pointless him being on the pitch.
Things are STILL going well, despite what the doom merchants say.
The point against Birmingham is STILL a good one away from home regardless of their league position/form and we STILL have a seven point lead on Huddersfield (effectively eight with the goal difference).
It’s now going to be a case of who grinds the season out the most effectively and the form over the last ten games shows Leeds and Huddersfield losing two games each and Brighton losing three, with the Fulham defeat our solitary reverse.
So what better time to start turning the home form around and registering back to back home wins against Wigan and Burton.
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