Earlier today, before a ball had been kicked, I have the very best and worst scenarios for Newcastle United by 5pm this afternoon.

At best it would be a Newcastle win, with everybody else losing in the top six apart from a draw for Brighton v Norwich, this would have given us this as the top of the table :

34 Newcastle United

29 Brighton

28 Norwich

28 Huddersfield

24 Sheff Wed

23 Bristol City

On the other hand, the worst case scenario would have seen Newcastle lose and everybody else wins apart from Norwich losing to Brighton, that could have meant this as the top of the table, although Brighton and Huddersfield would have also had to turn around 10 and 15 goal advantages that NUFC held – although it would/could have still meant three teams tied together on points at the top:

31 Brighton

31 Huddersfield

31 Newcastle

27 Norwich

27 Sheff Wed

26 Bristol City

The actual results for this morning’s six top teams were:

Preston 1 Newcastle 2

Brighton 5 Norwich 0

Fulham 5 Huddersfield 0

Derby 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Barnsley 2 Bristol City 2

(Whilst it was also Reading 2 Notts Forest 0 and they leapfrog into this following Top 6/7)

Actual Championship Top Seven on night of Saturday 29 October:

34 Newcastle United

31 Brighton

28 Huddersfield

27 Norwich

25 Reading

24 Bristol City

24 Sheff Wed

This league table is starting to look better and better and those five goal hammerings for both Huddersfield and Norwich who started the day in the top four, must have severely dented their morale.

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Preston 1 Newcastle 2

Goals – 

Newcastle: Mitrovic 59, 71

Preston: Beckford 90

Possession was Preston 55% Newcastle 45%

Total shots were Preston 14 Newcastle 10

Shots on target were Preston 4 Newcastle 6

Corners were Preston 8 Newcastle 0

Newcastle starting 11:

Darlow, Yedlin (Hanley 90+5), Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 90+2), Gouffran, Hayden, Shelvey, Diame, Mitrovic (Perez 86)

Unused Subs:

Sels, Gamez, Anita, Lazaar,

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Crowd: 20,724

(For instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to today’s win at Preston go HERE)