The talented Burton manager Nigel Clough seemed to be playing mind game yesterday as he bemoaned his players who are injured and even hinted the Brewers could play a weakened side tonight at St. James’ Park against the Magpies.
We’re sure the Burton have injuries, but our players shouldn’t take any notice of what Nigel is saying because Burton will be going all out to get points against Newcastle tonight and it will be a tough game.
Throughout this tough season Rafa Benitez has warned against underestimating any teams, especially those in the lower end of the table.
Nigel Clough and Rafa Benitez meeting in mid-December
And we have paid for that with too many points lost at home this season – five defeats in the league.
Some of those have come against lowly placed sides like Blackburn, Wolves and Bristol City, who were taken apart 5-0 last night at Preston – a team we still have to pay at home in the run-in to the season,
This is some of what Nigel Clough said yesterday about the injuries:
“John Brayford, Kyle McFadzean and Tom Flanagan took knocks on Saturday, Lucas Akins picked up one in training yesterday.”
“We will still have to see how Jackson Irvine is in terms of jet lag. We still need to keep an eye on him.”
“As good as international football is, Cauley Woodrow and Lasse Vigen Christensen are also tired and it’s a nightmare for club managers.”
“They have trained and played instead of resting and I think you saw that on Saturday.”
“We have Aston Villa two days later so it’s whether you deal with Newcastle in isolation or you have one eye on Saturday.”
“But the fact that we have a largely fully fit squad is credit to the work the players have done stretching right back to pre-season and the work we do on a daily basis.”
“Even if we aren’t as good as some teams, we can be as fit and more committed.”
“It’s important we don’t lose anybody between now and the end of the season.”
“The Huddersfield win also gave us that little more belief that despite some tough away games we can get results on the road.”
As we said before, this game will be a tough one, but hopefully we can win it and get 3 more points towards automatic promotion this season.
That would be great.
Howay The Lads!!