GET­TING CLOSER!

The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By John Lyons

NEW­CAS­TLE United and Brighton took a giant stride to­wards the Premier League yes­ter­day. Goals from Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie helped the Mag­pies beat rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened Wi­gan 2-1, while Glenn Mur­ray net­ted the on­ly­goal as Brighton edged out Tony Mow­bray’s Black­burn.

Mean­while, sub­sti­tute Jack­son Irvine scored deep in stop­page time as Bur­ton shocked third-placed Hud­der­s­field with a 1-0 away win.

It means lead­ers New­cas­tle and sec­ond-placed Brighton have a lead of ten and nine points re­spec­tively over the Ter­ri­ers, who have a game in hand.

Rotherham were rel­e­gated af­ter los­ing 1-0 at home against Ful­ham.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

OH YES: New­cas­tle’s Matt Ritchie cel­e­brates his win­ner against Wi­gan and, in­set, Brighton goalscorer Glenn Mur­ray, right, is con­grat­u­lated by An­thony Knock­aert af­ter the vic­tory against Black­burn

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