"You'd be very naive to look at the table now and get excited", the Scotland global said.
"For the fans, they can look at it and be proud, but we're five games in and have nine points on the board".
"If Brighton are going to have a chance of surviving this season, we are going to need to average a point per game".
Hughton said: "It's a game we very much want to win".
"We have won three games in a row but Brighton could do the same anytime...hopefully not starting this weekend. With good performances, come points".
The Seagulls were in pole position to claim the title but a late defeat on the final day at Aston Villa, combined with Newcastle's home win over Barnsley, meant the Magpies stole the crown.
Ritchie, however, knows there will be downs this season.
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"We have enough keepers in terms of numbers", said Benitez, for whom Rob Elliot has been No. 1 so far this season.
"I said after the last game that we still have plenty of room for improvement and we are trying to improve in attack and defence".
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The decision "raised eyebrows" given that Ritchie had worked so hard to make it to the top flight.
"I left Bournemouth, which was a fantastic stage and period of my career". Yes, but at the same time, they will have the same feeling'. A lot of people raised eyebrows.
Media reports claimed that the former Liverpool manager was losing patience with the club's owner Mike Ashley over transfer business and suggested Newcastle's return to the Premier League after a year absence was going to be hard.
The 24-year-old Nigeria global joined the Etihad Stadium outfit from Austrian Wien this summer after notching 17 goals in 33 games in the Austrian Bundesliga last campaign. Man City were made to work hard and West Brom were dispatched 3-1.