Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hu Would Want to Be Feeling This Way Again? DIAME: BRIGHTON HAUNTED BY LAST SEASON'S COLLAPSE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hu Would Want to Be Feeling This Way Again? DIAME: BRIGHTON HAUNTED BY LAST SEASON'S COLLAPSE

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@ncjmedia.com @lee_ryder

MO Diame believes Brighton are still haunted by their late collapse in the Championship which consigned them to the play-offs.

A stuttering final two games for the Seagulls resulted in draws against Derby County and Middlesbrough, meaning their hopes of achieving automatic promotion were dashed in the regular season's final furlong.

Diame had a good view of the playoffs last season as Brighton lost to Sheffield Wednesday before his winning goal at Wembley earned promotion to the Premier League for Hull City.

Brighton and Newcastle players all know they can take a big step towards winning the title with a victory at the Amex Stadium this week.

Diame told the Chronicle: "There are still 13 games to go, so for me, that's a long time.

"Brighton have been up there from the beginning.

"Last year, they did well too. "I think they will be trying to make sure what happened last season doesn't repeat itself.

"They will want to avoid the playoffs.

It will be biggest game season. But going be and end all season. "They will definitely be ready for us, so we must be ready for them."

Newcastle stumbled to a 2-2 draw against Bristol City on Saturday afternoon on a day when they surrendered the leadership of the Championship.

The loss of two points makes the trip to Brighton extremely important for the Magpies but Diame does not feel the title will be decided if Newcastle lose the game on the South Coast.

He said: "It will be the biggest game of the season.

"But it's not going be the be all and end all for the season.

"It will be very important, though, no doubt."

The blow of picking up just a point against Bristol City was cushioned slightly by Huddersfield failure to hold on to the lead at Barnsley. …

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