Chris Hughton has ordered groundsmen to restrict the size of Newcastle's pitch for fear of the Premier League's wide boys.
Newcastle conceded just 13 league goals on their own turf last season, sharing with Nottingham Forest the best home defensive record in the Championship.
But Hughton fears his back line may struggle with the step up in class. He will reduce the 75-yard width of the St James's Park pitch by at least four yards to crowd out visiting forwards.
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