Chris Hughton Talks About Newcastle’s Squad

With Brighton beating Blackburn Rovers last night 3-2 away from home, Chris Hughton’s team have now gone 15 league games without defeat since they were beaten 2-0 at Newcastle and then 2-0 at home to Brentford in successive games.

In those 15 games they have only 4 draws so a total of 37 points from a possible 45 and the Seagulls are now two points ahead of Newcastle on 45 points from their 21 games.

Chris Hughton – Brighton on 15 game unbeaten streak

If Newcastle can win at Wigan tonight we will go back to the top of the league on 46 points and we will be back to 9 points above third placed Reading who lost 2-0 at Leeds United last night.

After the game last night the former Newcastle manager who got us promoted seven years ago was asked if Newcastle were the team who would  go straight back up to the Premier League this season.

This is what Chris said as reported in the Guardian:

“I can understand it and I would probably say the same thing about Newcastle,”

“It’s because of the squad they’ve got, I’ve not seen a squad as strong as what they’ve got.”

“I’m reasonably sure if we or anybody else can stay close to them, they will put themselves in a very good position.”

It could be that Newcastle and Brighton are the two teams who start to pull away at the top – but nothing is ever certain in this league and all we have to do is keep winning games.

It’s easy really.


Here’s the standings going into our game at the DW Stadium tonight where we just have to get all 3 points.

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2 comments so far

  • giimps

    Dec 14, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #1

    I was expecting Brighton to win vs Blackburn, but Leeds have done us and them a favour.
    Chris is right about our squad, we just need to keep key players on the pitch to keep in the top 2 positions…..the longer the season goes on , the more i think its going to be us and Brighton as automatic , Derby, Leeds, Reading and possibly Villa or Norwich as playoff contenders.
    We have the set up to get promoted, complacency is our biggest worry…but Rafa wont allow that.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 14, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Currently the extrapolated final points total for NUFC and BHAFC based on points on the board and current form over the last 10 games is:

    NUFC p46 pts 105
    BHAFC p46 pts 105

    NUFC edging it on extrapolated goal difference but otherwise too close to call!!

    NOTE: If NUFC win tonight that extrapolated total will rise by a point, likewise if they lose it will fall.


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