By Will Butcher
Alan Curbishley is confident that Newcastle will still gain promotion despite hitting a “brick wall” following their loss to Ipswich Town on Monday.
Mick McCarthy’s side ran out 3-1 winners at Portman Road thanks to goals from Freddie Sears, David McGoldrick and Emyr Huws, with only Daryl Murphy scoring for the Toon.
The loss left Chris Hughton’s Brighton seven points clear at the top of the Championship with three games left, as they claimed promotion with a 2-1 win over Wigan at the Amex Stadium.
Former West Ham manager Curbishley claimed that the Toon are “nervy” but is confident that they’ll finally get their noses across the line and earn promotion to the Premier League.
“Newcastle have got it all to do, they’re nervy and they’ve got to get across the line. They’ll get the points they need but they’ve hit a brick wall recently,” Curbishley told Football on 5: The Championship [Monday evening at 11.05pm].
“They’re seven points ahead, but it’s nervy. They’ve been under huge pressure all season because they have a good squad and are expected to go straight back up; I expect them to do it.”
Rafa Benitez’s side remain in second following the loss in east Anglia, and are seven points in front of third placed Huddersfield who failed to beat Derby at the iPro Stadium.
The Toon play host to Simon Grayson’s Preston at St. James’ Park next, with three points enough to secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Benitez will be hoping to make it three out of three against Preston this season, after winning 6-0 in the EFL Cup before winning 2-1 at Deepdale back in October.
In other Newcastle news, fans have reacted on Twitter after Huddersfield only managed a draw against Derby.