By Danny Wright
Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow has admitted that he is getting ready for the biggest run of fixtures in his career.
The Magpies travel to league-leaders Brighton on Tuesday before two more away ties against promotion-chasers Huddersfield and Reading – all matches that could decide Newcastle’s destiny this season.
Talking in The Chronicle, Darlow admitted that there was a lot of hard work to be done as his club hope for an instant return to the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez’s side will return to the top of the Championship table if they beat Brighton at the AMEX after losing out on top spot when they drew 2-2 with struggling Bristol City on Saturday.
Chris Hughton led his side to an impressive 3-0 victory over Reading at the weekend which saw his side capitalise on Newcastle’s dropped points.
However Darlow believes that his club’s away form this season will help them negotiate the tough run of fixtures.
“We know what we’ve got to do. We’ve got a tough week ahead of us,” Darlow said to The Chronicle.
“Three difficult away games but we’ve been in good form away from home.
“We’ll attack this week and get as many points as possible. It’s possibly one of the biggest fortnights of my career.”
Newcastle are unbeaten in their last eight league matches, stretching back to their opening game of 2017 when they lost to Blackburn.
The Toon have been the best team on the road in the Championship this season, picking up 35 points out of a possible 48.
However Brighton currently have the best home record in the division with 42 points from a possible 51.
Huddersfield, who are currently third, welcome Newcastle to Yorkshire on Saturday before Reading, now fifth, play hosts next Tuesday.
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