Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hughton: This IS a Derby Game

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hughton: This IS a Derby Game

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CHRIS HUGHTON has revealed he is treating Saturday's encounter with Middlesbrough as a derby clash.

Many Toon fans do not regard Boro as derby rivals, but Hughton feels the fact Riverside fans are geared up for their highest octane fixture of the season - and one they DO see as a derby clash - means that United must also prepare in similar manner. He told the Chronicle: "They will be looking at the game in that manner, so we have to be ready for that.

"I think it is not as big as Newcastle v Sunderland but it is a derby, especially for them.

"It puts a different slant on the game.

"We are in very good form, and it would be a plus for them if they get a result.

"Their home form is good. They actually played well at Cardiff too last week, even though they lost.

"All of this now, though, will be different because it is a derby. …

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