Newcastle United just lost the wrong match
Nobody can have enjoyed the football lesson Fulham handed Newcastle United on Saturday, unless of course you were in the away end.
However, it still holds true that losing a home game always provokes a much stronger reaction than one on the road.
No wonder when over fifty thousand have made the time and effort to pay and watch the team, only to see them be a distant second best.
Having said that, much of the reaction form the media and some supporters has been laughable.
Newcastle United aren’t some superstar outfit that have been parachuted in the Championship, instead we have a decent team and squad that wins a lot more than it loses – but is always liable to get beaten in any game, if standards drop and the opposition play well.
All of those things happened on Saturday and Fuham deservedly took the points but was it really as disastrous as some people are making out?
Here is how the Championship table now looks:
Now just imagine if only two results were altered.
Say Newcastle United had won against Fulham and instead lost at Huddersfield.
The media would have taken both results at face value, as Huddersfield were well fancied to beat Newcastle, having shown excellent form in beating the likes of Reading, Brighton and Leeds recently.
There would have been no over the top doom and gloom but just look how different the landscape would have now looked:
62 Sheff Wed
It would have obviously been bad news for Fulham and their fans but just how much worse would it look at the top as well.
With their game in hand, Huddesrfield could be level on points with both Newcastle and Brighton, a real three-way contest if ever there was one with nine games to go.
Results/form has to be taken over a period of time and this season has already shown that bad results are invariably followed by a win, such as winning away at Bristol City after losing to Huddersfield, beating Brentford on the road after losing at Blackburn, defeating Forest after losing to Sheff Wed, and so on.
Newcastle are six points clear of third with a far superior goal difference, I would have settled for that at this stage of the season and whilst Huddersfield still have a game in hand, it is they who still have it all to do if they are to continue to pose a threat.
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