Graham Potter highlights change at Newcastle United since Graeme Jones's arrival

Graham Potter says Newcastle United have improved since Graeme Jones arrived at the club.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 6:00 am

Brighton and Hove Albion take on Steve Bruce’s side at the Amex Stadium on tomorrow night.

Potter’s team are a place, and a point, above relegation-threatened Newcastle following their win over Southampton last weekend, and United could be in the drop zone tonight should Fulham beat Leeds United at Craven Cottage.

Newcastle have won just two of their last 19 games in all competition, though Potter believes the team now has a “clear idea” of what it’s trying to achieve on the field.

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Asked about the six-pointer, Brighton manager Potter said: “A really difficult game, a team that’s improved recently I think.

“They’ve got a clear idea about what they’re trying to do, tactically they’re very organised, they use the counter attack well with Joelinton and whether it’s (Ryan) Fraser or (Joe) Willock or (Dwight) Gayle. They’ve got some options there.

“They’ve got Premier League players that have won games at this level. As always with Steve Bruce’s teams, they find a way to win and to get results. They’ll be competing – and they’re a tough team to play.”

Steve Bruce and Graham Potter last season.

The game at the Amex Stadium is hugely-significant for both clubs.

“When you’re in the situation that we’re in, the next game’s always the most important game,” said Potter.

"Then you look at where the two teams are and that can add some extra importance. But it’s one in 10 games – there’s a lot of football to play afterwards.

"But I am sure if you speak with Steve, he’ll say the same. Three points will be very nice, and it’ll help us achieve our goal for the end of the season. There’s nothing else to say. There’s two teams that’ll be fighting for the points that know they’re capable of winning.”

Asked about Brighton’s 3-0 win over United at St James’s Park in September, Potter said: “I'm expecting a completely different game on Saturday, just because of how much Newcastle have changed. It was one of our better days early on.”

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