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:

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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


Monday 24 April

Newcastle v Preston (7.45pm)

Friday 28 April

Cardiff v Newcastle (7.45pm)

Sunday 7 May

Newcastle v Barnsley (12 noon)

  • Wor Lass

    What a Carry On! (sorry Sid)

  • HappyToons

    Should be an exciting summer as a lot of players move on and new ones come in. Providing Rafa is still here then it is the most interesting summer for a few years! Be happy though when we actually make promotion official.

  • Sid James

    What a Carry On to get promoted

    • Scottpaige

      That’s original

      • TheNutJob

        well he`s not wrong is he ?

        • Vodkamagpie

          What an idiot

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            thing is he`s not a [email protected]@KING crass piece of Shyte like you

          • Vodkamagpie

            And you are an angel of note

    • Jimblag23

      Is that supposed to be entertaining or clever?
      Saying that on every article is fcking retarded!

      • Wor Lass

        What else do you expect Sid to say?

        • Jimblag23


  • Viru leckworth

    Best possible results. The lads can relax now, and if we win the next three, we could do what we promised at the start. Expect a big enthusiastic crowd.

  • Lofty

    Let’s make sure we get right behind the lads on Monday evening. No moans, groans and impatience. It’s our job to give them the confidence. Howay the lads!

  • Scottpaige

    What a cracking set of results. Roll on Monday

  • Lord

    With Huddersfield to play ‘Arry’s boys away and Wolves away, I reckon we don’t need any points at all to go up. Be nice to seal it on Monday tho’.

    If we can’t secure automatic promotion by beating PNE at home in front of 50k people and the TV cameras then we don’t deserve to be in the Premiership.

    • Simon Ritter

      One match does not make or break a season. If we go up, we deserve to be in the Premier League, regardless of what happens on Monday. All Rafa has asked for from the fans is patience and understanding. HWTL

  • Grahame Johnson

    Over the last 5 weeks this season of the championship has been utter madness to sum it up in two games Ipswich 3 the toon 1, Rotherham 1 Ipswich 0 utter bonkers as a famous Geordie band sang, we gotta get outa this place. Howay lads win on Monday and give us a bit peace

  • Vodkamagpie

    Great results, I think the players know that they will have to put in the extra effort now for the fans and Rafa. Win our next two games to put pressure on Brighton, that is the aim now, and we all deserve some effort.

  • Spider

    Well people,what has Raffa being saying since December April is the most important month that will make or break us. By God he’s not wrong is he.

  • GToon

    Lets not get too carried away by these results and spare a thought for our old mate Sissoko who would surely have changed the game if he’d managed to get off the bench. Shame. Perhaps it’s time for him to move to a bigger club.

    • Jimblag23

      I think Chelsea would have tapped him up from the bench. Why would they not!?

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Surely we are up now .If we cant win one of those last three then we deserve all the p(*& taking and fly over banners coming our way . Oh and well done to Burton wiped that smugness off the Leeds Morons faces.

    • Jezza

      Two draws will even do it. In fact as long as Huddersfield don’t win every one of their last three matches we go up. Even if we lose at home to Preston, as long as Huddersfield only draw at Wolves the following night we still go up. Nevertheless I’d prefer to see us end the season in a bit of style though but.

      • Lord

        At last, the annoying Huddersfield ‘game in hand’ finally gets sorted on Tuesday.

    • Christopher Rannigan

      Great result, Leeds fans giiving it large before they played us.

  • Tom Toms

    Go NUFC go!!