Chris Hughton has been taking about pressure and Rafa Benitez.

The former Newcastle boss thinks that the weight of ‘expectation’ is very much on his old team ‘simply because of the stature of the club’.

Chris Hughton thinks that Aston Villa are the perfect example of a club that has failed to deal with the unique pressures of the Championship.

The Brighton Manager saying that he heard Rafa Benitez’ comments in the build-up to Monday night’s match, when he talked about the difficult challenges in the second tier.

Hughton says that he has no doubts that Brighton can cope with the pressure this season and points to which will be the successful clubs come the end of the season.

The one-time Spurs player thinks that it is impossible to play at your best all the time and success is determined by what happens when your form drops and ‘can you still get results?’.

Brighton are away at Barnsley today (5.30pm) and it is Newcastle v Bristol City at 3pm, before the top two then meet at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday night.

Who will have the form and/or the ability to deal with that pressure the best?

Chris Hughton speaking to The Argus:

“There’s no doubt the expectation is more on Newcastle than ourselves, simply because of the stature of the club.

“They were a Premier League club last season and have been for an incredibly long time.

“Pressure is something we all go through, whatever position in the league you are.

“We all have to be able to cope with the pressure. Even here expectations have risen as the season has gone on.

“You have got to be able to, as much as possible, enjoy that type of pressure, because it’s the pressure you want to be under.

“I heard Rafa’s comments before the Villa game, explaining how difficult this division is.

“Aston Villa have found it difficult this season and that is how this division can be. We’ve all felt that and it’s about trying to keep the standards as high as you can for as long as you can.

“We all go through the pressure of being where we are and you have to be able to take that on.

“I have no doubts about an ability to be able to cope with it, or dealing with the pressure of this period of the season.

“It’s impossible to get all the results you want, to play at a level you want all the time. It’s about when that doesn’t happen can you still get results?

“And when you’ve got a group of teams like we have at the moment, that are such good teams, capable of winning so many games, it’s just going to be on the level of performance for the remainder of the season.”