Eddie Howe reveals what stunned him when he watched Newcastle United against Brighton and Hove Albion with Amanda Staveley

Eddie Howe saw for himself the scale of the task ahead of him at Newcastle United when he watched the club at the Amex Stadium.

Newcastle came from behind to claim a point through a goal from Isaac Hayden, though Howe, this week appointed as the club’s new head coach, was struck most by the backing the team got from the club’s 3,100-strong support.

“The big encouragement I took, first and foremost, was the supporters,” said Howe.

“I thought they were absolutely magnificent, and that was the big thing. I was looking to my right, and all through the evening, even during the difficult first half, I thought they were magnificent in their support, their voice, their energy.

"I think they inspired the players, they helped the players, and that’s going to be absolutely crucial. We’re in a relegation battle, and to ease the pressure on the players, if supporters can make as much noise as they can here and away, I think that will go a long way for us in achieving our aims."

Howe added: “In terms of the team and the response, I thought they were a little bit more aggressive in the second half, and responded well to going a goal down.

"Once the equaliser came, I think you saw a big lift, a spring in the players’ steps, and, ultimately, I think they were unlucky not to win the game.”

Eddie Howe with Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley at the Amex Stadium.

The result left the winless club 19th in the Premier League with five points.

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