The Magpies also boast a superior goal difference and will confirm the title with a point at Plymouth next Monday.
Hughton said: "We are very close now and we can sew it up on Monday now.
"Whichever way it happens we'll be delighted.
"There are no celebrations tonight, it is business as normal but we have put ourselves in a great position.
"You could see why Reading have been on a great run but we went about the game the right way and got the goals at the right time.
"You saw what we are about. Reading were better than us for periods but we saw it out.
"The players battled it out for the full 97 minutes but we have won another game and they have earned that."