The automatic promotion race has a very different complexion after Saturday’s results.

Top of the table Newcastle stay there after a ‘workmanlike’ 2-1 win over second bottom Wigan,

Meanwhile, it was a similar story on the south coast, as Chris Hughton’s players edged a 1-0 win over third bottom Blackburn.

Things got even better for the top two as Huddersfield made it consecutive defeats, following up their 4-0 defeat at Bristol City, with a one goal home defeat to Burton who were fourth bottom before today’s fixtures.

To make it even sweeter, former Sunderland midfielder Dean Whitehead was sent off for Huddersfield with 10 minutes remaining and then six minutes into injury time Nigel Clough’s boys scored a dramatic late winner.

All eyes then turned to the 5.30pm kick-off, with Leeds able to move into third and close the gap to Newcastle to nine points, eight to Brighton.

However, it was Reading with the 1-0 win and that lifts them to fourth and ahead of Leeds.

The headline news overall after Saturday’s results…automatic promotion is now Newcastle and Brighton’s to lose.

So this is how the table now looks:

automatic promotion

Saturday’s results involving the top seven:

Barnsley 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Brighton 1 Blackburn 0

Huddersfield 0 Burton 1

Newcastle 2 Wigan 1

Rotherham 0 Fulham 1

Reading 1 Leeds 0

Newcastle v Wigan stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Wigan 1


Newcastle: Gayle 36, Ritchie 57

Wigan: Jacobs 50

Possession was Wigan  48% Newcastle 52%

Total shots were  Wigan 6 Newcastle 18

Shots on target were Wigan 3 Newcastle 6

Corners were  Wigan 4 Newcastle 6

Referee: David Coote

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran (Hayden 70), Diame (Atsu 63), Gayle (Perez 80)

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Gamez, Mbemba, Mitrovic

Crowd: 51,849 (1,200 Wigan)

(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the win HERE)

(Wigan boss ‘Football Gods were against us..’ Read HERE)

(To view the interactive player ratings and to add your own go HERE)

  • Marveauxless

    Only 3 games left to play against top half opposition, if we were to lose those 3 games and win the other 4 against Ipswich, Cardiff, Barnsley and Burton then Huddersfield would have to win ALL of their 8 remaining games to finish ahead of us

  • Son of Wilt

    Plan the party folks, we are up.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    win on Wednesday & we won`t be caught

  • Atilla McNamee

    Just 11 points needed from the next 7 games to be mathematically certain of going up. Entertainment? I find winning very entertaining!

    • ToonTom

      Huddersfield have 8 games left, not 7 …

      • Atilla McNamee


  • Geordiegiants

    It’s been looking good all season despite what some of the fair weather lot think on here.

  • Damon Horner

    Wheels were coming off us in January apparently. How good must be Rafa be to steer a three wheeled wagon over the finish line in 1st place.

  • Billy Ellwood

    If we win on Wednesday, I think we’ll go up. We stand a 50/50 chance of winning the league IMO.
    But I’m a little concerned about our home form. I saw us lose to Sheff Wed, Blackburn and Fulham. All three games were fair results.
    Us fair-weather, part-time and so-called fans are not writing off our team, but sharing our gut feeling that this league is pee poor, yet we still struggle at times at home.

    • Damon Horner

      You’ll lead a much happier life if you view it as a collective balance rather than isolated games, Did you expect to come into this season seeing us do the double over Brighton?

      We all want to win most of the home games but it usually won’t happen, look at Chelsea yesterday who look like they’re happily skipping towards the PL title and they lost after taking the lead to relegation threatened Palace.

      Two of those teams we lost at home are top third of this league so overall not a disaster really, I doubt the players wanted to lose those games either so just have to take it on the chin.

  • Mayor Vaughn

    90 points has never failed to get promoted, so only 9 to get.
    Not too fussed about winning the league.

  • Toon Army AZ

    Glad to be top of the table. But with 7 tough games remaining, supporters need to take a chill pill. Irrational exuberance after beating Brighton and Huddersfield, overdose of negativity after the Fulham defeat, and now popping Champagne corks after a tough win over Wigan this weekend. Heed the words of Señor Benítez: April is a big month. Just focus on the next game and give 100% support.

  • Atilla McNamee

    Remember how we felt after beating Brighton and Huddersfield away and how we felt after losing to Fulham a couple of weeks later. Saturday’s result has given us a much needed lift but there will still be bumps in the road. It’s about resilience rather than style at this stage of the season