There has been concern amongs fans all season why Newcastle players start games so slowly.
Brighton came out of the traps superbly against Newcastle on Tuesday, pressing them back and earning a deserved lead – even if the penalty awarded by Bobby Madley was contentious.
On Saturday, Bristol City were two up before United regained their composure. And against Norwich, United’s own stirring start was undermined by slack defending that saw them go in two down.
On Saturday against high-pressing Huddersfield it will be about ensuring they match the Terriers from the off.
They repaired the damage on Tuesday but it might be asking too much to do it again at the John Smith’s Stadium.