Chris Hughton didn’t think Newcastle were great on Saturday in the 2-0 win, but he saw some of the characteristics teams need in the Championship to get promoted – and he saw a lot of those in the way Newcastle played.
Chris saw an efficiency with Newcastle and an ability to score goals which should stand us in good stead this season.
Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton on the sidelines on Saturday
The former Newcastle manager who got us promoted in 2010 with a massive 102 points, also thinks Rafa has brought in players this summer who will be top players in the league this season.
This is some of what Chris said about Newcastle after the game on Saturday:
“The obvious thing needed to go up is having enough of what you need in this division.”
“Burnley were excellent in what they did. They were just very efficient and had players who can score goals.”
“Part of what we saw here, I didn’t think Newcastle were great, but they were very efficient at what they do.”
“They’ve got good people, good players on the ball and they also showed they can score from set plays.” “A lot of what you saw in Newcastle is what’s needed in this division.”
“One thing Rafa has, even though he’s never managed at this level in this country, is great experience.”
“His acquisitions this summer, he’s bought players who will be top players in this division, all good types, quality, workmanlike.”
Brighton were unbeaten in the league since way back in February when they lost 4-1 at Cardiff City, before losing 2-0 to a good-looking Newcastle side on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
In their final 14 league games last season they won nine and drew five for a massive 32 points out of a possible 42.
But they lost one of their play-off games at Sheffield Wednesday 2-0, which cost them their promotion chance, after finishing 3rd in the league behind Middlesbrough on goal difference.
Rafa seems to know what’s required to be successful in the English second division and he has now signed a massive 11 good players so far this summer, with Daryl Murphy and Achraf Lazaar coming in earlier today.
Rafa’s vast experience and tremendous man-management and tactical skills are now showing through with this new Newcastle team.
That cannot be bad.