Chris Hughton says the squad are looking forward to getting down to the serious business of the Premiership season.
On returning to training just over a month ago, Jacques Santini's troops embarked on a 12-game programme of pre-season matches, where the new Head Coach has familiarised himself with all the players and shared the load around - including action for the younger element of the squad.
Now the real thing looms with the visit of Liverpool to the Lane on Saturday and Chris feels the players are ready to begin playing for points.
"Everybody is looking forward to it, it has been quite a long pre-season with a lot of games," he reflected. "By the time Saturday comes along, the balance of games everyone has played will be right and there won't be any who have played too many games. What we have missed out on, possibly, is a bit of training time.
"Pre-season games can have an edge to them, but nothing like Saturday will - everybody really just wants to get into it."
With a new management regime in place and a likely start for four new players against the Anfield outfit, the bedding in process will begin in earnest as Jacques seeks to lay the foundations. Chris explained that it can take time to integrate new players into a team and instant success is not guaranteed.
"We will find out over the coming weeks, when you have new players in you are either fortunate enough that is clicks straight away or it takes a bit of time. Generally it takes a bit of time but, if you get good performances on the day or we play better than Liverpool, we can win the game."