Hughton And Toon Going Great Guns!

Last updated : 06 November 2016 By Footy Mad - Editor

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Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton admitted he has not seen many better goals than Steve Sidwell's 50-yard strike that set up another convincing Sky Bet Championship success at Bristol City.

Sky Bet Ch'ship
1 Newcastle 37
2 Brighton 34
3 Huddsf'ld 29
4 Reading 28
5 Norwich 27
6 Leeds 26
7 Birm'ham 25
8 Fulham 24
9 Bristol C 24
10 Sheff Wed 24
11 Preston 23
12 Brentford 22
13 Barnsley 21
14 A Villa 21
15 Ipswich 21
16 Derby 20
17 QPR 20
18 Burton Alb 18
19 Wolves 17
20 N Forest 16
21 Cardiff 15
22 Wigan 14
23 Blackburn 13
24 Rotherham 7

And, like the scorer, the Brighton boss was happy to dedicate the goal to the family of Anthony Knockaert, who missed the game following the death of his father.

After scoring a Beckham-like goal from the centre circle, catching City goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell well off his line, Sidwell rushed with his team-mates to the dug-out and held up Knockaert's number 11 shirt.

Jamie Murphy fired the second goal from the edge of the box after 20 minutes and from then on the result was never in doubt.

Manager Hughton said: "The celebration after the first goal was for a very popular member of our squad in Anthony Knockaert and showed what the lads think of him.

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"It was a wonderful strike by Sidwell on his left foot when I would have expected it more from his right. It caught everyone by surprise, including their keeper.

"We had opportunities to score more goals, but what we did really well was limit them to very few clear chances.

"In training we do more offensive work than defensive and our good record for clean sheets is down to a great team ethic.

"At the moment I know we are a good team but we cannot afford to take the pressure off. We have a better squad than last season but whether we are a better side only time will tell."

Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale did not have a testing save to make as Lee Tomlin squandered City's best chance by shooting wide of the near post after three minutes.