Brighton have made a good start to their Championship campaign, recording two victories and two draws, and the club look well set to make another challenge for promotion.
The addition of Aston Villa, Norwich City and Newcastle has made life slightly harder this season but the Seagulls will be happy with their performances so far.
Hughton will be facing one of his former sides this Saturday, having led the Magpies to the Championship title in 2010 before being sacked the following campaign.
Rafael Benitez is now the man in charge of the north-east outfit and the Spanish tactician is facing a selection headache, with Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Miitrovic both on the sidelines.
Hughton is still expecting a tough away clash and insists his players need to stay focused on their dangerous opposition.
"The moment you start stating you’re delighted that somebody is out, somebody else steps up to the plate and starts doing well," he said of Newcastle's injury problems.
"It has to be about us and we have to adjust to whatever team they put out.
"I would be exactly the same if I were their manager, when we have players that are out, it’s a really good opportunity for somebody else."