The Albion boss expects nothing less than victory from his players.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes only victory will be good enough to secure the Sky Bet Championship title today, as he expects Newcastle United to take all three points against Barnsley.
The Seagulls take on Aston Villa and must match or better Newcastle’s result to guarantee top spot, and Hughton made his intentions clear ahead of their final-day showdown at Villa Park today.
He said, “We have to go for the win. In my opinion, and it’s certainly no disrespect towards Barnsley, I expect Newcastle to win.
“They’re at home and it’s their last game, but it’s never easy in this division and we found that out against a good Bristol City team in our last home game.
“It’s also been shown that Newcastle have been very good away from home, but had some difficult results at home.
“But we have to look at it this way; Newcastle will win their game and we’ll have to get a win to clinch the title.”
Hughton admitted that gaining three points in whichever way is the most important factor heading into today’s match, but also urged his players to end the season with a positive display ahead of next season’s arrival in the Premier League.
“The result is obviously the most important thing, because if you said to me now ‘would I settle for a bad performance and winning the game?, then of course I’d accept it.
“But very close to that is the performance. Sunday is the last game, and with that being the case, it’s right and fitting that we finish the season with a good performance.
“There’s no doubt that gaining promotion is by far the biggest achievement, and that’s the excitement going into next season, but I think it will leave a bit of [bad] taste if we’re not able to finish the season with a good performance.
“There’s an opportunity to win the title, so it goes without saying that there are so many reasons why we want to have a good performance and win on Sunday.”
Despite falling to back-to-back defeats in Albion’s two previous games, Hughton insists there hasn’t been a change in preparation, as the Seagulls look to finish the season as champions at Villa Park.
"The determination has been in the training and we've had a good week. Generally what we've tried to do is make things as normal as possible.
"At this moment, things are not so normal because we've gained promotion and there's this wonderful feel-good factor through the club and in the city.
“But we've tried to keep things normal, that's what we've done this week and we just hope that's enough to see us put in a good enough performance to win.”