Newcastle reach top landmark

Newcastle United have certainly found their feet in the Championship this season, excluding their slow start in the opening two weeks, and Rafael Benitez’ side are currently flying-high at the top of the table with a three point advantage over their closest competitors.

Their run of form has also extended to the EFL Cup, where the Toon secured their place in the quarter-finals of the competition with a 6-0 drubbing of fellow Championship side Preston – who they incidentally face again in the league this weekend.

Having won five consecutive matches at St James’ Park, Newcastle have made their famous ground into a fortress and it will certainly help their aims of achieving an immediate promotion back to the Premier League.

Given the level of cohesion within the squad and the fine performances Benitez is getting out of his side, Newcastle’s relegation last term may have been for the better as the squad have rallied together and could now work towards establishing themselves in the sort of position they should be.

Newcastle aspire to be contenders in the top-flight for a spot in European football but have fallen well short of expectations in recent years but, with Benitez at the helm, the former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss could steady the ship into calmer waters.