Nigel Clough has given his press conference rather early and the text of what Nigel has said about Saturday’s upcoming game against Newcastle is on the Burton Albion FC web-site.
Nigel first of all covered last night’s game when Burton were unlucky to lose by 1-0 at home to Huddersfield through an 85th minute winner from Nahki Wells.
Nigel Clough – Burton Albion manager
Big mismatch against Newcastle
This is what Nigel has said about the upcoming game against Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, starting with a few words about last night’s unlucky defeat:
“Frustrated and disappointed for the players from last night to come away with nothing with that kind of performance.”
“It was a huge improvement from Saturday, it’s very harsh to come away with nothing.
“The most encouraging thing was that we were back on it, stopped them from playing and created a lot of chances and the second half was as good as it’s been.”
“Newcastle and Villa fixtures are the two glamour games, to think we are playing the likes of those two in our eyes is amazing.”
“We need to try and put similar displays against these teams as we did against Huddersfield. It’s a shame we aren’t going in off some good results.”
“It’s certainly the strongest squad we are coming up against, they have the likes of Mitrovic and Gayle, Shelvey in midfield who has gone for big money.
“We will play the same way we usually do at home and give them a go, when we play with the energy and enthusiasm as well as some quality we can cause teams problems.”
“We know Newcastle can thrash anybody in this league.”
“Never met Rafa Benitez before, it’s a decision to be applauded to go to Newcastle when he did. I think he coming in and staying gave everybody at the club a lift and is instrumental to their performances.
“It’s probably the biggest mismatch in a league game in the country, not so many years ago we were playing the likes of Park Avenue and Accrington around this period.
“We just try and deal with Gayle how we deal with the likes of Wells and Hogan. You can’t just concentrate on him solely, they have numerous players that can score.”
“I don’t think there is any point in us sitting back against Newcastle – we have to play at an intensity to outplay teams in this league, to repeat it every game is going to be hard for anyone to do in England.”
“I hope Rafa will join us for a glass of wine after the game and all of his staff – we aren’t sure how we will fit them all in, in our tiny office.”
Nigel is already talking about it being a mismatch on Saturday, but it will not be – and the players should be reminded of the difficulty we had in beating Rotherham 1-0 at the New York Stadium.
It’s a banana skin game for us and our players must go into this game remembering it will be anything but a cakewalk.
If we just turn up and expect to win the game that’s when we will be in trouble again.
If any games are to be our downfall this season it’s the games against the supposedly weaker sides in the league – like Burton Albion.