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As Newcastle United pile on the pressure has Huddersfield result made picture clearer?

4 years ago
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Newcastle United are really turning the screw.

It is easy to miss just how dominant NUFC are becoming because the first two matches of the season were both defeats, reducing the impact of how the table could have potentially looked.

After those two losses to Fulham and Huddersfield, Newcastle have played 11 Championship games, winning nine and drawing one, losing one – picking up 28 of 33 points.

That of course could and should have been 30 out of 33 as the Villa game should have been over by half-time.

Newcastle put together a five match winning run and now currently on a four match winning one, promotion form for sure.

So Newcastle’s Championship form so far looks like this:

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Only if we look at our closest competitors do you see just how much Newcastle are getting on top of things. Of the current top seven clubs, only Norwich and Sheff Wed also won at the weekend, whilst in midweek it was only Brighton who matched Newcastle with a win, out of that top seven.

The scores at the top this midweek:

Barnsley 0 Newcastle 2

Birmingham 4 Rotherham 2

Brighton 1 Wolves 0

Fulham 2 Norwich 2

QPR 1 Bristol City 0

Cardiff 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Preston 3 v Huddersfield 1

Last night early front runners Huddersfield Town picked up their fourth defeat in the last seven games, whilst Sheffield Wednesday only managed a point at lowly Cardiff. This is how the Championship table now looks:

Newcastle United now have a golden opportunity to really put daylight between themselves and the rest of the pack.

If you look at the top 11 teams, there are only two, Sheff Wed and Birmingham, who Newcastle are yet to face. Whereas with the bottom four, NUFC have only played Rotherham.

Getting to the top of the table at last was a landmark this midweek, plus what the other results have meant is that Newcastle will stay in the automatic promotion places whatever happens at St James Park on Saturday, unless Brighton or Huddersfield score a crazy amount of goals.

We all know that the mantra will as usual be only focusing on this next game (Ipswich at home) but slowly but surely Newcastle are starting to show their quality. Titles/promotions are never won in the Autumn but the foundations can certainly be laid.

 

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