Wednesday night Premier League results round off near perfect week for Newcastle United
A very good Premier League week for Newcastle fans.
Home matches against Huddersfield and Burnley were must win games, at least in terms of if Newcastle could hope for a relatively calm end to the season.
Very professional performances seeing four goals scored and two clean sheets.
I bet that was pretty much the ideal scenario for Rafa Benitez when he was planning for the games.
A massive bonus was that results elsewhere pretty much went for Newcastle last weekend and that has continued this midweek.
Maybe the biggest shift was that whilst NUFC were winning their two home games, Cardiff were getting smashed at home in their two, conceding eight goals in total to Watford and Everton. The two clubs were level on points this time last week, now Newcastle are six clear of Cardiff.
Wednesday night saw the process pretty much continue, Fulham lost and are 14 points behind Newcastle, whilst Palace’s home defeat to Man Utd means Rafa’s team stay in 13th place.
Only 11 points now separate Everton in ninth and Cardiff in eighteenth. Everton on 36 points and Cardiff on 25, maybe a pivotal moment for Newcastle now on 31 points, closer to the top nine than the relegation spots.
Southampton winning last night was the only downer but as they were up against Fulham, something had to give.
However, Brighton’s latest defeat at Leicester on Tuesday continues their freefall, only picking up two points in their seven games in 2019.
Still early days but any kind of positive result on Saturday at West Ham, can still leave Newcastle looking up rather than down.
Momentum is all important at this stage and Newcastle have it in bucket fulls, over the course of the last six games they are fourth in the Premier Legaue form table, with only Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs doing better.
Premier League updated table bottom 12:
Premier League midweek results:
Tuesday 26 February
Cardiff 0 Everton 3
Huddersfield 1 Wolves 0
Leicester 2 Brighton 1
Wednesday 27 February
Arsenal 5 Bournemouth 1
Southampton 2 Fulham 0
Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0
Crystal Palace 1 Man Utd 3
Liverpool 5 Watford 0
Man City 1 West Ham 0
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