Brighton are just one point behind Newcastle and they play on Tuesday at home to QPR and they will be expected to win the game against a side managed once again by Ian Holloway.
The former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton – now doing extremely well with the Seagulls – has been talking before the game and was asked whether the Magpies will miss Jonjo Shelvey.
Chris Hughton – Brighton manager
Jonjo has been suspended for five games following his personal hearing against the FA misconduct charge earlier this week with the result that the charge was proven and he was found guilty.
This is what Chris has said in the local Brighton newspaper – The Argus:
“With the squad they’ve got, it would probably be a bit disrespectful to speak about the impact it will have being without him.”
“They have got some really good players and really good options.” “I don’t think it would be any different to having a player out injured for four or five games.”
“That’s what every club will have to do, be without players for a period of time, and it’s how they cope with it.” “They certainly have the squad to cope.”
Jonjo will miss the next five games, but he returns for the game at home to Rotherham United on 21st January.
And thankfully he will be available for what should be a great game at Brighton on the following Saturday 28th January when we will take on the Seagulls.
That should be some game.
Here’s how we are doing this season compared with seven years ago when Chris was the very popular manager at Newcastle – a slightly better goal difference this season.