Chris Hughton backs Newcastle to turn things around

Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton feels Newcastle have the quality to turn their season around after a difficult start.

The Magpies are second from bottom in the Premier League with two points from eight games and entertain the Seagulls at St James' Park tomorrow.

Brighton are 13th and six points better off than Newcastle, who put in a strong showing away to Manchester United before the international break but lost 3-2 after conceding three goals in the final 20 minutes.

On Newcastle's performance at Old Trafford, Hughton said: "At 2-0, they had another very good chance and could have been 3-0 up. When you play the big clubs and they get that one goal back, the momentum changes and sometimes it's so hard to change that.

"We've all experienced that but I don't see anything wrong with the spirit they've got there and I don't see anything wrong with the quality they've got there.

"It's just been a difficult start for them but they will absolutely turn it around."

Hughton added Newcastle had difficult spells in the Premier League last season but still finished tenth: "There will be teams that will say they should have had more points and their level of performance is good.

"What you have to take into consideration with Newcastle is they have played five of the top six in their first eight games.

"What you also have to take into account is where Newcastle were last season. They had difficult spells last season and ended up finishing tenth position.

"I don't think there will be any panic there, they have a good enough squad and a good enough manager to change the situation.

"I think that's how they would look at it."

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