Fate and the Football League fixture computer threw up a remarkable series of matches for Newcastle United in the last eight days.
Our last three games, all away from home, pitched us against the teams who are very much our direct competition for automatic promotion this season.
The press and media, bless them, got very excited about this run of games, and speculation was rife that we might lose all three. Indeed, there were certain parts of the media (are you reading this Sky match pundits and commentators?) only too willing to diss us and talk as if we were about to crash and burn.