Brighton manager Chris Hughton has said he is expecting a ‘tough away match’ when his side make the trip to face his former side Newcastle this weekend.
They did however show that they possess some quality within their ranks during their last outing, racing to a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford only to succumb to a late Manchester United onslaught to slide to a 3-2 defeat.
Now, as Brighton prepare for the arduous 688-mile round-trip from the South Coast to the North East, Seagulls boss Hughton is not expecting an easy game at St James’ Park, despite their opponents currently being winless and sitting in the drop zone.
“We’ve given the players some time off – and we went into the break on the back of a good win. It’s been a nice feel this week but now it’s back to business at the weekend.
“The game will be another tough away match for us – we know it’s a challenge to do better away from home.
“We’re a side who were promoted the season before last and this is our second campaign in the league – every game is difficult away from home. The majority of teams we play have more experience in this division.
“I think the team is more knowledgeable about the league this year and perhaps a bit more confident as well. We’ve recruited well and have good competition – we’ve shown resilience this term already.”