Nigel Clough – Benitez Going To Newcastle Is To Be Applauded

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.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • MadisonToon

    Dec 14, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo

    Yedlin Lascelles Mbemba Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran

    It’s a mid-week game against a poor team, I think a little rotation is on the cards. However, Rafa may want to take the momentum from last game through and play the side that demolished Birmingham as many are putting out in their bingo lineups. For me, I’d like Yedlin, Mbemba, Perez and Mitro to get the chance to shine and this would be a game for each of them to grow a bit.

    Whatever the side, I’m going for a solid 3-0 victory.

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 14, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #2

    As, when I care what you think I’ll be sure to let you know. You’re another one. When did you last go to a game?

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Dec 14, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Confirmed Rafa bingo lineup:
    anita lascelles clarke dummett
    shelvey hayden
    ritchie diame gouffran
    3-0 the toon

  • chicousa

    Dec 14, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Rafa bingo confirmed lineup
    Wigan v NUFC

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie, Diame, Gouffran

  • Clematis

    Dec 14, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Rafa will not entertain anything other than a comprehensive win.

    As Bobby Bee stated, I expect only Yedlin to come in for Anita…even though Anita was mint on Saturday.

    I pray we win!

    And let’s hope the “Dwight on Tyne” chant takes off…and that we get to use it i.e. he blams in another hatrick!


  • Legolas

    Dec 14, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo


    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Ritchie Shelvey Hayden Gougftan




  • manxpie

    Dec 14, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #7


    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie, perez, Gouffran

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 14, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #8
  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 14, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Alternative subtitle:

    Pep is saying, “Why do I push the tongue button when I want the clap.”

  • Belfast

    Dec 14, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #10

    You’re wasting your time Manxpie. You won’t get the points unless you’re one of his favourite posters.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Dec 14, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Hey guys, got my alcohol ready to celebrate tonight’s win!! Whoop whoop!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #12

    It means that Saturday will be like a cup final and I remember the game they gave Man U in the cup a few years ago with Rooney not able to save their blushes.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s only because Velfast is on -115 points now and has no chance of over taking me on 95 points.

  • TyneMouth

    Dec 14, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #14


    …. DARLOW






  • Legolas

    Dec 14, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #15


    What you got ?

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Dec 14, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Got some whiskey 🙂

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 14, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Howay lads lets put one over Wigan for Hiadara
    last time we were there he received that awful challenge injury from McCarthy I think it was

    4-0 to the TOON

  • Legolas

    Dec 14, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #18


    Did I get my points for Saturday. My internet went down over the weekend and I can’t be bothered to check back. ?

  • Legolas

    Dec 14, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #19


    Nice one.

    P.s why does my smiley faces come back as question marks ?


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