The View From The Opposition Press

It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the Burton Albion display against Newcastle yesterday was one of the best of the season as they worked hard and harried a Newcastle team that did very well to finally get the win and all 3 points.

It’s always interesting to look at how the opposition press reported the game and the Burton Mail reported that Albion can take some solace in having played so well yesterday against the league leaders.

Rafa Benitez and Nigel Clough on the sidelines yesterday

This is how A Wilkinson in the Burton Mail started his report of the game yesterday:

“If Burton Albion turn in 20 more performances like the one they delivered against Newcastle United on Saturday in their remaining fixtures, they will remain a Championship side.”

“The Brewers had United on the ropes. Despite first-half goals from Dwight Gayle and Mohamed Diame – either side of a Lloyd Dyer equalizer – putting Rafa Benitez’s Magpies in front, Albion never lost heart.”

“Their running, pressing and harrying of Newcastle’s defence and midfield was a joy to watch, and the football they produced was some of the best of the season so far.”

With last season’s team and Steve McClaren in charge there is now way we would have won that game yesterday because the side would have collapsed like we did far too many times with McClaren at the helm.

That’s not the case with Rafa Benitez in charge and he has introduced some steel and intense concentration into his new Newcastle side and we were able to go toe to toe with a good Burton Albion side yesterday.

Next up for Newcastle is a home game against 6th placed Sheffield Wednesday, who were the losing play-off finalists last season and it will be another tough game against the Owls.

And here’s how we stand in the Championship after 22 games played and we will be top at Christmas and hopefully at the end of the season too.

Here’s hoping.

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Here’s a link to the full report in the Burton Mail and it would be great to see Burton Albion in the Premier League sometime in the future.

On the evidence of yesterday’s display it’s certainly possible – what a story that would be.

32 comments so far

  • giimps

    Dec 18, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #1

    I was gutted when brighton got the winner yesterday but glad for chrissy at the same time……its going to be a strange old season, 22 played and the top two separated by a single point and some goals.
    While we didnt play particularly well yesterday ,it was a hard fought game vs a team of fighters.
    We came out the victors, we have a boxing day treat to come……bring on the dancing girls , i think thefat lady should be warming up for an end of febuary rendition.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 18, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Boom! Boom! Boom!
    Let me here you say Gayle…..

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 18, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    So hard to shake off Brighton. Hughton doing one hell of a job, particularly given the money spent by Nufc in the summer. It will be disappointing if we can’t open a small gap on them given the difference in values of the two squads. My hope for next year is that we keep winning but that Rafa opens throttle a bit more as we did but only very occasionally so far (Norwich at home, qpr away best examples). But we are in good hands and even Ashley is doing well. But a heavy clear out will be needed if we go up.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 18, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Perhaps if we could ditch this Benitez and get Hughton back…..

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 18, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Didn’t see the game listened on Radio Newcastle and it was hell. When you cannot see the game Every time the opposition attacks sounds like they are going to score.

    On listening to the game – seemed like we gave away to many free kicks and give up to much of the midfield to the opposition.

    I was a bit worried before the game when there was no Goufran, Anita or Colback in the team as in my eyes we need at least one of them in the team to do as I say ‘the dirty work’ breaking up their attacks midfield and getting the ball to Shelvey.

    as someone previously mentioned when/if we go up we are going to need at least half a dozen new players as that team will get over-run in many of the games

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 18, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Was impressed with Wigan’s Wildschut midweek – ran us ragged most of the game and seems like he did the same to Ipswich yesterday.

    Don’t know much about/if anything about him maybe worth a punt???

  • Jib

    Dec 18, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Back page of the Mail yesterday

    Right hand side.

    Moyes was lied to by Ellis Short and is considering his position.

    Left hand side.

    Sam Allardyce feels he’s done his penance and is now considering a return to management.

  • martoon

    Dec 18, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    I also only listened on the radio and watched the highlights on Sky. We mostly seemed in control but a few hairy moments at the end. Don’t know how people can vote for MotM from that?

  • Jib

    Dec 18, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Aitor Karanka took him from SC Herenveen in Holland to Boro so he will defo be on Rafa’s radar .
    Karanka loaned him to Wigan after he struggled to make the Boro side then Wigan bought him last January for £1 million but Karanka aways said under the right coaching and conditioning he would eventually flourish in England.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 18, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Cheers –
    I would take a punt on him in January

  • AncientC

    Dec 18, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    What is the problem if somebody wants to vote for a MOTM, going from what they have heard on the radio, or by studying the stats after the game?

    I didn’t vote myself, but I wouldn’t find offence in somebody else doing so. It’s not like people are blindly voting on nation changing policies – it’s a blog vote & a bit of fun. No prizes are handed out at the end.

    Perhaps people that have only seen the game in person, or via tv, should be made to watch the game from both perspectives before making a vote, you know, just in case they missed something…

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 18, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Tsunki if u don’t have the grace to acknowledge that hughton has got a cheaper bunch of players and so is doing proportionally better it ain’t my fault. Viva Rafa but don’t turn into a Jail for goodness sake

  • martoon

    Dec 18, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Ancient C – If you want to vote fine. I’m simply saying I couldn’t form an opinion from what I heard!

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 18, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    martoon – your post @ 13 caused me to wonder whether a blind person could form an opinion about anything.
    Just an inquisitive observation in general terms and not specifically related to the match/current discussion.


    Dec 18, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Rafa has to rebuild a club whereas Hoots doesn’t, it’s not as simple as their teams cheaper and keeping pace with us so he’s doing better than Rafa


    Dec 18, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #16

    there was a player came on as sub for brighton last night,solly march i believe he was called,left winger,quick,direct he had a good game when he came on and set up there equaliser….dont know if they have just signed him or if he came thru there ranks but he may worth keeping an eye on as a potential future signing,granted only on first impressions like.


    Dec 18, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #17

    so how many got the rafa bingo right yesterday?…..,first points on the board for me…..only took about 20 attempts!lol

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 18, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Mister T…… Valid point as the blind man said when he walked into a bar and a table and a chair.

  • NoahJ

    Dec 18, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    what do you getns think of this regarding mitro and swansea:

    loan him to them for the rest of the season for £5m fee, with an additional £5m if he keeps them up (however unlikely that will be). we get money, retain our player, will keep him happy, will keep up his fitness and we will have him back when we hit the prem again (and he will have 6 more months of prem experience). It might give the likes of murphy and perez more of a chance, not to mention Arma if he’s on his way back in jan



    Dec 18, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    cant see swansea paying 5m loan fee and doubt mitro would be interested in a move unless its guaranteed start and they cant guanrantee he’ll start, if he’s not scoring….which im not convinced he will…..this is a non starter for me,but funnier things have happened.

  • Ian Toon

    Dec 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    martoon- I agree. You can only form a definitive opinion by being at the game. Anything else involves an element of bias on the part of commentator, tv editing/ camera focus and/ or incomplete interpretation.

    Belfast – Tom Cairney was outstanding yesterday and I speak from first hand experience.

  • Jib

    Dec 18, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    David Blunkett the blind MP for Sheffield Brightside and lifelong Wednesday supporter would attend Hillsborough with a friend to tell him what was happening plus listen to a commentary on radio.
    If you ever heard him talk he seemed as knowledgeable about his team as any sighted person.

  • AncientC

    Dec 18, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Ian Toon, games are shown with “tv editing” and it is perfectly possible to watch a game with the sound on mute. I am sure most of us have, at one time or another, watched a game in a foreign language.

    Unless I am missing something, and broadcasters are using special effects during replays, to show things that didn’t happen.

  • AncientC

    Dec 18, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #24

    *are not shown*

  • toontaff2

    Dec 18, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    The SWANS, ahahaah!!

    Mitro would love it!!

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 18, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #27

    I don’t think Ritchie will prove to be able to make a big impact in the PL . He doesn’t always beat the defender when running with the ball and he’s looked quite ordinary of late. I think Rafa is looking at wingers as we definitely need more consistent attacking options.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 18, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #28

    Not sure about the second link, but Brad Bobley is a regular on SoccerAM.
    Swansea are trying to outdo the mackems in terms of stinking out the PL, by the look of it!
    Prob after Mitro after the cracking header he scored against Wales!

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 18, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #29

    I listened to the game yesterday. To be honest I find the commentary on radio Toon very poor. There’s a lack of excitement that you get on five live or talksport. The highlights looked far more exciting than what it sounded on the radio. My mate was there and he told me it was a canny game, whereas from the commentary it sounded dull. Is that just me, being used to watching, or is that a general thought? Just curios, not looking for a raging debate!

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 18, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Betty, I think Ritchie is going through a stale patch mate. We’ve seen how good he can be and seen how well he performed for the Cherries in the PL. To be honest, I’d consider resting him to get his va va boom back. He has payed a lot of games this season.

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 18, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Voom even! Taking me far too long to get used to checking the spellchecker 🙂

  • Belfast

    Dec 18, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #32

    I like the lad Wildschut too. Our defence shit their pants the other night anytime he got the ball. I seen him against Huddersfield a few weeks ago and it was exactly the same – panic stations anytime he got the ball. He was man of the match that night.


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