Brighton boss Hughton: Murray has my full confidence

The 29-year-old agreed to sign for Brighton on a season-long loan from Newcastle United in August but that deal has now been made permanent

The 29-year-old agreed to sign for Brighton on a season-long loan from Newcastle United in August but that deal has now been made permanent

It is important to have confidence but approach the game the same way as the last three games.

"We recognised at the start of the season it would be a tougher season".

"We have enough keepers in terms of numbers", said Benitez, for whom Rob Elliot has been No. 1 so far this season.

The visit of Newcastle, fresh from a hat-trick of Premier League wins, is followed by a trip to Arsenal and a home game against Everton for Albion either side of the next worldwide break. "I wouldn't want somebody that I regard as the first choice at any particular time not feeling under pressure that he has a goalkeeper or two goalkeepers underneath him that are very much trying to become the number one choice".

"The West Brom win alleviated some of the negativity but Brighton fans are notorious for having violent mood swings".

Matt Ritchie says Newcastle United have achieved nothing yet - and still have everything to do in the Premier League. There's still a long way to go, but should Newcastle keep hold of their meticulous manager, supporters can afford to be optimistic about what the team could achieve this season. Having said that, with three wins on the bounce and an away game that is one of the "easiest" on paper, the expectation will be to get at least a point, and hopefully three. Rafa Benitez builds his teams on a strong defence.

Brighton though have conceded six goals in second halves of matches, no team has shipped more after the interval.

"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", Hughton said.

Newcastle United were the only team to beat Brighton & Hove Albion both home and away in the 2016-17 Championship season, including a 2-1 win away on the south coast.

"Sadly, even with Benitez in charge, Newcastle United can never truly move on whilst (owner) Mike Ashley is still strangling any ambition at the club".

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