Brighton went top of the table on early Saturday evening with a 3-0 win over Reading, Jamie Murphy scoring the second goal.

The Brighton midfielder says that he knows Newcastle are a ‘good side’ but no different to the Reading side that they comprehensively beat to go ahead of the Magpies once again.

In terms of being a ‘big club’, Jamie Murphy acknowledges that Newcastle United are already that despite finding themselves in the Championship – and that is where he wants Brighton to aim for.

An unused substitute in the 2-0 defeat at St James Park in August, he says that Newcastle’s fans are great and stadium fantastic, which is what he hopes his club are heading for.

The money that is spread relatively fairly around the Premier League, means any club getting promotion now, has a very good chance of stabilising there if they get past the initial season.

Bournemouth are proving that on ten thousand crowds and indeed on Saturday, four of the six Premier League matches attracted fewer fans than Sheffield United v Bolton in the third tier (see stats HERE).

Despite the results at the weekend and Brighton going a point ahead, the bookies still marginally favour Newcastle to end up top in May – tomorrow night’s result could prove a major factor and big club or not, Newcastle can’t afford to repeat that first half performance.

Jamie Murphy speaking to The Argus – Asked if any reason to fear Newcastle:

“No, I don’t think so. Reading are a good side and Newcastle are a good side.

“It is up to us to be on our game and to be better than them.

“I have only played them in a pre-season friendly, never in a competitive game.

“I didn’t get on up at St James Park.

“They are obviously a big club, we could see that when we went there.

“They have got a great stadium and great fans but us too, we’re building down here.

“The stadium is fantastic and the fans are great, who knows where we could be in five or ten years?”