MAGPIES ARE STILL ON THE UP
RAFA Benitez would never say it – the taciturn Spaniard rarely says much – but Newcastle’s players left St James’ Park on Friday night with Premier League football in their pockets.
Yes, that late goal was a sickener. Yes, third-placed Huddersfield have a game in hand. And yes, the title is almost certainly gone.
Nevertheless, it is inconceivable that the Toon won’t pick up the seven points from matches against Ipswich, Cardiff, Preston and Barnsley. Chances are, they won’t even need to. For Leeds, things are more edgy. But the resilience they displayed here suggests theyhave the character needed.