Newcastle 2-1 Wigan: Monumental day for the Magpies

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!

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

3 thoughts on “Newcastle 2-1 Wigan: Monumental day for the Magpies

  1. What a brilliant photo, shows just why I love the toon !
    It weren’t pretty today, but we don’t care. Toon promoted, Makkems and Boro relegated.
    Giddyup 🙂

  2. Great result from a very average performance. However at this stage of the season it’s only results that matter. Great effort from Burton too beating Huddersfield.

    A win on Wednesday would leave us only needing 8 more points from 6 games.

  3. Some big games still to play. Burton, who are successfully fighting relegation and just beat Huddersfield. Sheffield Wednesday, who have just dropped out of the top six and will be desperate to get back in and also to beat us and do the double. Leeds who will be desperate to beat us anyway but are also not safe in the top six yet. My hope is that our form improves and that Hayden and Shelvey find some rhythm, some of our best games had those two controlling the midfield. We should be targeting the title and maximum points. Second would be disappointing for a club like this.

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