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 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.