What a huge day this could turn out to be for Newcastle United, as events this afternoon suggest a return to the Premier League is now firmly within our grasp.
The stakes were high today, with all of the top 3 sides at home to very ‘beatable’ opposition. Brighton took on Blackburn, Huddersfield hosted Burton and of course, Newcastle United faced Wigan Athletic at St. James’ Park.
It wasn’t pretty, but Newcastle held their nerve and thanks to a second-half Matt Ritchie goal, saw out a scrappy 2-1 win against the Latics.
While Brighton may have kept the pace, beating third bottom Blackburn 1-0 at the Amex, the huge twist in the day was a 95th minute winner from Burton, seeing third place Huddersfield slip to another defeat.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to win the title, but the gap to third is what REALLY matters to get our beloved club back into the Premier League and today that gap has been extended to 10 points (effectively 11 given goal difference).
A huge day for Newcastle United and a huge loss for Huddersfield, who appear to be feeling the heat as we enter the business end of the season.
There’s still work to be done, with 7 games remaining, but we may just look back on this as the day we got one foot back into the Premier League!