Brighton boss Chris Hughton upbeat ahead of meeting with former club Newcastle

Sunday, 24 Sep, 2017

He added: "In terms of performance, it is more or less what I expected". Past year went to plan.

"Recruitment is not just about one window, Newcastle recruited really well last season and some of the players doing particularly well for them at the moment are ones that were bought last season", said Hughton.

He said: 'No, I think it will be totally different.

"We have won three games in a row but Brighton could do the same anytime...hopefully not starting this weekend".

Media reports claimed that the former Liverpool manager was losing patience with the club's owner Mike Ashley over transfer business and suggested Newcastle's return to the Premier League after a year absence was going to be hard.

"They are a good team and they can do well, we can do well, but sometimes it depends on the momentum".

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The Magpies moved into the top four with their victory over Stoke City last week, and Brighton will be eager to ensure they don't climb even further as they look to exact revenge following the dramatic turnaround in the Championship title race last season.

"I said after the last game that we still have plenty of room for improvement and we are trying to improve in attack and defence".

His last opportunity to play in the Premier League was at Bournemouth and he probably wouldn't have played as many games as he would have liked.

That means this is a must win game if we are to keep in line with that target.

"We have to be sure that the players train well, work hard and approach the game with the same mentality as they have done in the last three". Their competitors duly took advantage, having done the double over the Seagulls, and on Sunday, they are 19/10 (2.90) with SportPesa to beat them for the third time in little over a year.

Asked whether his players were exceeding expectations, Benitez said: "It's hard to say, because when you see them training every day, you know they can play at the level they have been playing".