The two managers reflect on Saturday’s game.
CHRIS HUGHTON is satisfied with Brighton & Hove Albion’s start to the season, but believes there is room for improvement after the previous two away games at Reading and Newcastle.
Albion enter the international break in eighth position in the Sky Bet Championship, and Hughton insists his team need to regularly meet the high standards set by themselves.
He said, “I’m delighted with the first three games, also getting through the cup games, but probably in our last two games away from home, we haven’t reached the levels that I know we can.
“Particularly coming into Saturday, you’ve got to show a certain level here [St James’ Park], irrespective of how Newcastle play, to make sure you’re in the game.
“I’ve been pleased with some aspects; we’ve had two 3-0 wins at home, so we have shown the ability to score goals, but we’ve certainly taken a dip in the last two performances.”
Hughton highlighted the unpredictable nature of the Championship and praised the overall effort from his players.
“At the moment, it’s tough to be too hard on them, because they’ve been excellent. Right through last season, we had a great run and after we lost a game, we came back strongly and finished the season really well.
“We know our levels and to do well in this division, you’ve got to make sure you reach those levels consistently.
“But, Aston Villa lost at Bristol City and Norwich lost to Birmingham. Probably no one expected that, so that’s how tough this division is.”
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RAFAEL BENITEZ was delighted to see his team beat the Seagulls on Tyneside, but claims there is still work to be done in Newcastle’s bid for promotion.
The Magpies boss believes Saturday’s victory over Albion was a big scalp, however he thinks the north east club are far from being the finished article.
He said, "It was important to win against a team going well with players and a manager who have experience in this division.
"We got a lot of the things we were looking for, but there is still room for improvement.”
Benitez touched on the importance of remaining patient in Newcastle’s quest for success, and was pleased to head into the international break with all three points.
"The team has been working very hard. But when you want change and improvement, it takes time.
"It is good to have another win before the international break, and it would be good to carry it on, but we have a rest now.
“It’s good for everybody to relax but at the same time, after winning four games in a row, it’s a pity.”
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