By Matt Farr
Don Hutchison is confident Newcastle will join Brighton in the Premier League as the second automatically promoted side – but fans on Twitter are already in meltdown..
The former Premier League midfielder took to his personal Twitter account following the 3-1 defeat to Ipswich on Monday to praise the work done by Rafa Benitez, and reiterate the club will still well clear of third-place.
People losing there minds over Newcastle form lately.
Believe me it’s a BRUTAL lge to play in.
Rafa has built a champ side and are 5 clear.
— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) April 17, 2017
He said: “People losing their minds over Newcastle form lately. Believe me, it’s a brutal league to play in. Rafa [Benitez] has built a champ side and are five clear.”
Newcastle succumbed to their second Championship defeat in three games with a 3-1 loss away at Ipswich, which left them seven points adrift of league leaders Brighton in the title race.
But they remain six points clear of third-placed Reading with just three games to go, meaning the remaining automatic promotion place is still very much in Newcastle’s hands.
However, Newcastle fans were surprisingly unoptimistic following the Ipswich disaster, and took to Twitter in response to Hutchison’s positive promotion verdict.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@Towno10 our fans are both the best and worst at times. We've lost our three key player at key times – Shelvey, Gayle and Clark
— theliability (@MicB2013) April 17, 2017
Hasn't been good enough, players attitudes & tactics questionable in the last 8 games.. Only 2 wins!!
— Craig (@1Craigio) April 17, 2017
Fair point don, but still along way to go. Individual players are making basic errors over and over and not learning
— Chris Cossey (@Cosseycj) April 17, 2017
Huddersfield can easily win they're remaining games, with the form we're in we could slip up in our last 3 which means.. play offs!
— Alex Simpson (@magic_magpie) April 17, 2017
but we dont seem to be able to win, we have 3 to play and must win them all, need to see teams off with a couple of goals not sit back on 1
— toonidd (@toonidd) April 17, 2017
5 clear huddersfield will be 2 points behind by time we play preston and we wont beat them if we cant beat a very poor ipswitch side
— Aaron (@Awl2590) April 17, 2017
Letting Ian Cathro leave was a mistake…look at the form and goals plus column before and after he left!
— paul allan (@agentdarkshadow) April 17, 2017
Newcastle’s last three Championship fixtures sees them face-off against Preston, Cardiff and Brentford, who all sit mid-table.
They got the better of the trio when they clashed earlier in the season, but the added pressure Newcastle faces this time around could see them come unstuck.
But promotion rivals Reading and Huddersfield, who the sides closest within range of Newcastle, must also maintain their own form and keep winning their games.
In other Newcastle news, Football Insider has revealed the three worst players during the Ipswich defeat.