Chris Hughton feels our away displays this season will stand us in good stead for the challenge of overcoming Nottingham Forest, then Newcastle in the FA Cup.
Should we succeed in the 5th round replay against Forest next Wednesday, a trip to St James Park awaits and the coach suspects Graeme Souness' side will have been content to find themselves drawn at home, while avoiding the in-form likes of Manchester United.
"Newcastle would certainly have been pleased, first out of the hat with a home tie. After that, they would probably have liked to have avoided Manchester United and Arsenal - if they get through.
"It is a very difficult tie for us, provided we get through the Forest replay, which will not be easy."
However, Chris points to some strong performances on our travels this term from which confidence can be taken - including a victory over Newcastle away.
"If I look at our form away from home this season it has been significantly better than over the last few seasons. I think we all realise we've got to get through this difficult tie in Nottingham first, but I think we are capable of going away anywhere and getting a result - which we showed at Manchester United."