Former Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton has said that he believes the Magpies have enough to stave off relegation after seeing his Brighton side leave St James’ Park with a point on Saturday.

The north east and south coast clubs played out a dour 0-0 draw on Tyneside, with both sides lacking the cutting edge to secure the three points.

It leaves the Magpies sitting just one point and two places above the relegation zone, having endured an abysmal run of form which has seen them pick up just one win in their last 12 games, a streak which has garnered just five points from a possible 36.

However, despite their slide down the table and inability to secure victories in recent weeks, Hughton says he saw enough from the 90 minutes on Saturday to convince him that his former side will keep their place in the Premier League next season, having secured promotion as Championship winners during the last campaign/

He was quoted by the Chronicle as saying: “Yes, I think both teams are capable (of staying up) from what I have seen so far, but the hard part is doing it again through to the end of the season.

“What generally tends to happen is the mainstays of this division who haven’t had a great first half of the season generally get stronger as the season goes on.”

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Newcastle’s next game sees them go up against Stoke City on New Year’s Day, with Mark Hughes’ men having suffered a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of reigning champions Chelsea on Saturday.

In other Newcastle United news, fans took to Twitter to slam the display of a Toon Army favourite in the draw against Brighton.

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