Newcastle fans at last have something to celebrate on Easter Monday.

An abysmal performance by Newcastle, arguably the worst of the season, had seen NUFC go down 3-1 to a really poor Ipswich side.

This set the Magpies up perfectly to watch Huddersfield inflict further pain in the 5pm live game on Sky Sports.

Friday had seen 86th minute substitute Collin Quaner score a last gasp winner against Preston as the Terriers won 3-2.

Easter Monday saw Quaner start against Derby County and put Huddersfield 1-0 up after only nine minutes.

With the goal reported to be offside, it looked like this was written in the stars to be another day of torture for Newcastle United, as Huddersfield were set to move within five points of Newcastle with a game in hand.

To make matters worse, Huddersfield scored with their only attempt on target and David Wagner’s team having only two shots of any description to Derby Conty’s 10.

Salvation was on hand though as Derby substitute put the ball in the net with only two minutes remaining and it means Newcastle have a six point gap to third (see below), with Huddersfield not even third, having dropped to fourth with that late goal conceded.

Monday’s results:

Fulham 3 Aston Villa 1

Brighton 2 Wigan 1

Ipswich 3 Newcastle 1

Leeds 0 Wolves 1

QPR 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2

Reading 2 Rotherham 1

Derby 1 Huddersfield 1

Championship table after Monday’s results:

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Brighton are now up but here are the remaining fixtures for Newcastle, Reading and Huddersfield:

Saturday 22 April

Huddersfield v Fulham 3pm

Nottingham Forest v Reading 3pm

Monday 24 April

Newcastle v Preston 7.45pm

Tuesday 25 April

Wolves v Huddersfield 7.45pm

Friday 28 April

Cardiff v Newcastle 7.45pm

Saturday 29 April

Birmingham v Huddersfield 3pm

Reading v Wigan 3pm

Sunday 7 May

Burton v Reading 12 noon

Huddersfield v Cardiff 12 noon

Newcastle v Barnsley 12 noon

Stats from BBC Sport:

Ipswich 3 Newcastle 1


Newcastle: Murphy 62

Ipswich: Sears 42, McGoldrick 69, Huws 90+3

Possession was Ipswich 45% Newcastle 55%

Total shots were  Ipswich 9 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Ipswich  3 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Ipswich 2 Newcastle 7

Referee: Tim Robinson

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin (Gamez 78), Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Ritchie (Mitrovic 82),  Hayden (Gouffran 61), Shelvey, Atsu, Diame, Murphy

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Perez, Mbemba, Colback

Crowd: 25,684 (Newcastle 2,000)

(Ipswich 3 Newcastle 1 – Latest example of Fergie Time disaster)

(Match Ratings of players for Ipswich 3 Newcastle 1 – see HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Ipswich defeat go HERE)

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

  • Guy Young

    One hell of a cheer in this house when the Derby goal went in.

    • Jezza

      Well at least it’s an indication that Huddersfield might not get enough points to overtake us and as things stand that’s our only chance.

  • ToonTom

    It’s amazing how quickly your mood can change when you follow a football team (any sports team???). Suddenly, there is light at the end of what seemed to be a tunnel. Maybe it’s a train coming towards us, but let’s hope it’s a bit of daylight at last!

    • Jezza

      Urrrggh. The torture continues. I had resigned myself to us missing out on promotion after Huddersfield’s early goal. Now there’s a theoretical glimmer of hope again. I don’t know how much more my nerves can take.

      • Albert Stubbins

        howay man Jezza- even if they did win- two more home wins and we ‘re home and hosed. Four more points and its over- Fulham will turn them over no probs- they’ve shot their bolt now trust me.

        • Burt Humperdink

          indeed huddersfield aren’t exactly setting the world on fire themselves of recent, there’s no way they will win all of their 4 games left.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Thanks Shhhtteeevve!!

    • Jezza

      He’s not Derby manager any more.

      • Albert Stubbins

        have they not brought him back for a third stint yet? he’s still taking the credit ha ha

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          just hope Pardspew isn`t on Mikes speed dial next month

  • Lofty

    I think, or hope, three points will do it now. Reading need to win all their games by a landslide as do Huddersfield, and they have Fulham up next. Should they not win that game, we go into Preston on the Monday night knowing a win seals it on goal difference if nowt else. A full house giving non stop support will help. I don’t give a flying fig how we get up, just get me out of this league.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      5 promotes us, surely they can manage that

      • Lofty

        Yes, it does and I’m sure they will. At this moment in time though, I’ll take whatever we can get! Achieving the goal is more important than how we get there in my humble opinion.

        • Damon Horner

          I just hope frustrations don’t transfer to the stand because if the players are feeling very pressured this won’t help.

          • Lofty

            I take your point, but there shouldn’t be any frustration. We will know what Huddersfield have done before we play. If they don’t win, the most they can get is 88 points. Same as Reading. With the goal difference we’d be up with a win. If that isn’t encouragement to leave anxiety and worry at the turnstiles then football isn’t for you. (Not you personally Damon). If the crowd is onside from the off, the players can relax and get on with it.

          • 1957

            Pressure will be on the players if Huddersfield win and the crowd will also feel that pressure and be on edge, what will be important will be to go out and attack Preston, that will keep the crowd on side. It did against Leeds.

      • Jezza

        I doubt they could manage that if they drove the team bus at 100 mph down Northumberland Street.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    last time we were promoted i was sitting in a bar in Turkey with my bro. on May the 7th we fly out to Majorca at 6am. those [email protected]@kas are most likely to leave it until the last day of the season needing 3pts to go up.
    well the ham shankers better not spoil my hols

    • Jezza

      I wouldn’t rely on those Sherman tankers not to spoil your hols.

  • magpiefifer

    The big game is surely the Huddersfield v Fulham – if the home team win they have easy games after that and we might have to WIN 2 GAMES!
    I’ll be a Fulham supporter on Saturday!!
    PS Congratulations to Chris Hughton for getting Brighton promoted – a manager who was sacked by Ashley to make way for Plonker Pardew!!!

    • Lord

      Two easy games? Wolves are one of the form sides and Birmingham should have the ‘new manager’ bounce. Huddersfield have a tricksy run-in.

  • Mark Frazer

    Christ, what’s all the panic about. It’s not like Man U are chasing us down!!!!

    • Andy Mac

      I think this is enough reason for concern ?

      “Rafael Benitez says Newcastle United “not mentally ready” at Ipswich Town” ? Pretty sure even Pardwho didnt conjure that one up ?

      • magpiefifer

        If not,why not!?

      • 1957

        Not mentally ready…what have Benitez and his staff been doing since Friday. A bit of manager speak to deflect attention away from his ridiculous team changes, classic ‘…it’s someone else’s fault..’ Benitez is the master of this strategy.

    • Jezza

      Neither have we got Kevin Keegan in the dugout, Les Ferdinand and Peter Beardsley up front and Darren Peacock at centre half.

  • Lord

    Whilst we are all looking over our shoulder, I expect Huddersfield fans doing the same. If Fulham beat Huddersfield next week (not unlikely, they are one of the form teams right now), Wednesday and Leeds both have very winnable games – you could be looking at Huddersfield in 5th and looking nervously at a securing play off position, with Leeds and Fulham 2 points behind them. Crazy league this one.

    One more win should do it I reckon.

    • 1957

      It certainly is crazy, so much so in exceptional circumstances Reading could sneak second, not likely but…

  • Scottpaige

    God I can’t take much more. It’s swinging each way every week. I was down and out at 5pm then later thanks to Derby things look a bit better again. Not out of the woods by a long stretch.

    But please for us supporters on here etc and for everyone who follows this club come lads just get it over the line and give us something to smile about and make them summer holidays just that bit better.

    We come on here and moan and groan sometimes at each other but all for one reason because we love our football.