Albion boss Chris Hughton is after a win not revenge against Newcastle

Marcus Newton
September 24, 2017

"He will know, as we know, that it is more hard to score goals at Premier League level than in the Championship".

In his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton had talked about the small margins in the Premier League and how Jamaal Lascelles had turned two points into six for Newcastle in the past two game, scoring set-piece winners in both.

In contrast, Newcastle have flourished back at the top table of English football, winning their last three Premier League matches.

"For the fans, they can look at it and be proud, but we're five games in and have nine points on the board".

For Rafa Benitez's side, Paul Dummett remains sidelined whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic is suspended.

Bruno, Glenn Murray, Izzy Brown and Gaetan Bong will all be available for Brighton.

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In fact, this will become the 1421st different English top-flight fixture to be played between two clubs.

Rafa Benitez's Newcastle also made a slow start on their return to the top-flight this season but have recovered well to claim three consecutive wins.

Newcastle have posted the lowest passing accuracy (68.9 per cent) and the second lowest average possession figure (38.1 per cent) this season in the Premier League.

The promoted Magpies head into the weekend sitting in fourth place after three successive league victories and targeting another at Brighton on Sunday. "So what happened after wasn't exactly what I was expecting".

However, owner Mike Ashley revealed last month that the club can not compete with the Premier League's big spenders, even with the additional TV revenue, and Benitez had to settle with just six new additions to a Championship-level squad.

They lost their most recent Premier League game at Bournemouth however, losing 2-1, and followed it up with another loss to The Cherries in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. It could have gone so differently, but it didn't through a lot of hard work from everyone involved.

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