Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Keep Marching On

So another month has passed and still we proudly sit atop the Championship table.

Looking back February was something of a topsy-turvy month. The Toon produced a fantastic display to cruise past Cardiff early on before twice failing to win away and slipping, briefly, into second spot.

However a stumbling run of results from promotion rivals West Brom and Nottingham Forest saw Newcastle spring back to the top of the table with a 4-1 win over Coventry. And then a confident run to the end of the month saw Newcastle pull five points clear of their closest rivals.

With a five point lead to work with a run of good form behind us it's time to push on through March and, perhaps, leave ourselves within touching distance of promotion by the end of the month.

March brings with it two of the biggest fixtures of the season, a trip to play the Smoggies on Teeside before rounding off the month with a home game against Forest. This match looks unlikely to be a promotion clinching game, with a fair few points still available through April and May, but a win over one of our nearest rivals would give the side a welcome boost to kick on through the final days of the season.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Before Forest we have trips to Doncaster and Bristol as well as a less than straight forward home game against Scunthorpe. The players have to keep taking each game as it comes and for as long as possible keep the game against Forest on the periphery.

We start the month by welcoming Barnsley to SJP, and with free-scoring Peter Lovenkrands apparently fit and ready to rejoin free-scoring Andy Carroll up front on Saturday, who would bet against Newcastle to carry on their free-scoring home form? Not me.

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