Newcastle boss Chris Hughton will not allow his players to relax for one second even if they do clinch the Coca-Cola Championship title.

The already-promoted Magpies need a maximum of four more points from as many games to ensure they finish on top of the pile ahead of West Brom, who will join them in next season's Barclays Premier League after a 3-2 win at Doncaster, but - even if they take themselves to the brink with victory at Reading on Tuesday evening - there will be no opportunity to sit back.

Speaking after a 4-1 home win over play-off hopefuls Blackpool, Hughton said: "The best time to do anything is the first opportunity. Yes, we are aware that a win on Tuesday night makes it almost there, but what I would like to see is this group of lads go right through to the end of the season and irrespective of what happens on Tuesday."

He added: "I am quite sure I won't see a group of lads looking to tail off towards the end of the season."

Blackpool enjoyed long periods of possession throughout the game but they rarely threatened to trouble Steve Harper until late on.

But the Magpies were deadly in front of goal and from the moment the impressive Jonas Gutierrez put them ahead when defender Ian Evatt deflected his 12th-minute shot past goalkeeper Matt Gilks, there was only likely to be one outcome.

Andy Carroll's 39th-minute header gave the home side breathing space and, after Peter Lovenkrands had hit the post and seen a header brilliantly saved by Gilks, goals from Kevin Nolan and Wayne Routledge wrapped up the points.

Substitute Brett Ormerod pulled one back for the visitors five minutes from time and DJ Campbell and Stephen Dobbie might also have scored in a late flurry, but defeat left Blackpool two points adrift of the play-off places, with Middlesbrough hot on their heels.

Hughton added: "I am mindful that we are doing it in a lesser division than we will be doing it in next season when we will be up against, no disrespect to Blackpool, teams of really high quality with quality players, proven Premier League players, and it is a different level.

"What we have done is we have enjoyed this season so far and we have been the best team this season so far. But of course next season, there are different obstacles."

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