Newcastle were the only side to do the double over Brighton last season, and it would be good if we can do that again in the Premier League starting this afternoon at the Amex.
Those two games last season were not easy and today’s game is also not expected to be easy either.
Chris Hughton has done a great job in just over two and a half years, and when he arrived, the Seagulls were fighting relegation from the Championship.
Chris kept them up and then they finished third in the next season on goal difference ( 2 goals) to Middlesbrough who were promoted last year and then relegated last May.
Chris Highton – we can get a result against Newcastle
Then Brighton were automatically promoted with Newcastle last season – the two best teams in the Championship.
This is what Chris has said before today’s game between two of the promoted sides from last season:
“My remit is to make sure we are a Premier League team next season, and all my focus and goals have always been on the job I’m doing at that time. That’s my goal and focus.”
“So no, I’ve never felt I have a point to prove. What I’ve always felt is that I want to be managing at the top level, either taking the team there or having a job there.”
“We want to be a consistent Premier League club over the years and we certainly know the difficulties in this division, but it has to be in the division next season.”
“Would we settle for 17th? We never like to speak that way because we don’t know what the season holds, and some fare better than others.”
“We’ve given the club a good opportunity to grow and develop. It has certainly been a learning curve for us.”
“The pleasing thing is that we feel like we’ve been in the five games we’ve had so far and we’ve had good contributions in all five games.”
“We know Newcastle well from last season, for us it’s a home game, and in this division there are a group of teams that you know it’s very difficult to get a result against.”
“Then there is also a very big group of teams you feel you can get results from, and Newcastle come into that category.”
“I don’t think it’s detrimental to say that, because plenty will say that about us.”
Newcastle would say the same thing about Brighton – they are one of about 14 teams that we should be able to beat both home and away.
Newcastle have already won against three of those sides – West Ham, Swansea, and Stoke over the last three games.
It’s the top six sides – the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham who are difficult to beat.
We hope we can get four wins in a row this afternoon at the Amex stadium and that would be the first time we have done that since we won all of our four league games in November 2013.
Howay The Lads!!