I think we all know by now that Newcastle United don’t do things the easy way.
These past few days/weeks have certainly shown that – a pointless transfer window and events on and off the pitch combining to leave Newcastle fans on edge.
However, reaching Sunday night and when looking at things with a bit of perspective, maybe life isn’t all that bad at the moment.
That is in terms of our current position, not what might follow if/when promotion is secured.
Results this weekend have seen Newcastle gain points on the rest of the top five and the only other victors (Huddersfield) defeated Leeds, who looked like they were building up decent momentum.
The results being:
Ipswich 2 Reading 2
Huddersfield 2 Leeds 1
Brentford 3 Brighton 3
Yes, Ipswich may have led twice against Reading and Brighton trailing 2-0 and 3-2 BUT this is how it has left the table:
Basically, as it stands:
Newcastle have won more games (20) than any of their competitors (Brighton next best 18)
Newcastle have more points (62) than the rest (Brighton next on 61)
Newcastle have scored more goals (57), next best Brighton (47)
Newcastle have conceded less goals (23) than anybody else (Brighton next best – 24)
Newcastle have best goal difference (+34) with Brighton next best (+23)
In fact if it wasn’t for Brighton…
It isn’t time to get complacent but it is maybe a time to applaud Rafa and his players for reaching this position almost two thirds of the way through the season.
It may have come via a mazy route with various obstacles but surely we all knew that this would be the case?
Next Saturday and following midweek sees Newcastle looking to have probably the toughest games compared to their promotion challengers, so no medals handed out just yet.
However, maybe a case of appreciating that we just need more of the same to get ever closer to that finishing line.
Saturday 11 February
Brighton v Burton (3pm)
Leeds v Cardiff (3pm)
QPR v Huddersfield (3pm)
Reading v Barnsley (3pm)
Tuesday 14 February
Brighton v Ipswich (7.45pm)
Leeds v Bristol City (7,45pm)
Norwich v Newcastle (7.45pm)
Rotherham v Huddersfield (7,45pm)
Reading v Brentford (8pm)