Dramatic Saturday results mean Newcastle United promoted with win on Monday
The stage is set for Newcastle United on Monday night.
Victory over Preston would mean Rafa Benitez and his players had won automatic promotion.
Norwich started the weekend off with a strange 2-0 win over Brighton despite no shots on target from the Canaries (both were own goals by Brighton’s keeper!).
That result means Newcastle can still finish top if winning their last three games and Brighton not getting more than two points from their final two games. Alternatively two wins and a draw for NUFC would be enough for the title if Brighton lost their two matches.
On Saturday afternoon the drama only increased.
Huddersfield took an early fourth minute lead at home through a penalty, only to be then rocked by four Fulham goals in 30 minutes.
The Cottagers went in 4-1 at the break and that was the final score.
This leaves David Wagner’s team seven points behind with only three matches to play, so a win for NUFC (or two draws with such a superior goal difference) from the last three matches would mean Newcastle are automatically up.
Reading needed a draw or better to keep their very slim hopes alive of overtaking Newcastle but they went down 3-2 at relegation strugglers Nottingham Forest.
Championship table after Saturday results:
Championship results this weekend:
Friday 23 April
Norwich 2 Brighton 0
Saturday 22 April
Burton 2 Leeds 1
Forest 3 Reading 2
Huddersfield 1 Fulham 4
Sheff Wed 2 Derby 1
REMAINING NUFC GAMES
Monday 24 April
Newcastle v Preston (7.45pm)
Friday 28 April
Cardiff v Newcastle (7.45pm)
Sunday 7 May
Newcastle v Barnsley (12 noon)
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