It is Newcastle v Burton up next and John Mousinho can’t wait for it to come around.
The Burton Captain says that ‘these are the games we embrace’ and that he and the rest of the players will ‘really enjoy going to Newcastle and testing themselves against a massive club’.
Nigel Clough is doing a brilliant job at the Championship’s smallest club and Saturday’s dramatic win over Huddersfield took them four points and three places above the drop zone.
It also did Rafa Benitez a favour…
Newcastle were fortunate to come away with all three points back in December, goals from Gayle and Diame in the 2-1 victory, despite the home side being on top for much of the game.
They are obviously going to have a right go when the Burton players play in front of their biggest crowd of the season and Mousinho says this game is the exact reason why ‘we came into pre-season this year and worked our socks off to get fit’.
The weekend’s results/performances suggest that at this stage of the season when promotion challengers meet relegation strugglers, it is going to be tough, so interesting to see how many changes Rafa Benitez makes to a side that looked flat for much of the 90 minutes against Wigan.
A win for Newcastle would mean that Huddersfield needed to win five of their last eight games just to get ahead of that 84 points total, with NUFC still having six games to play.
“These challenges are brilliant for everyone and last season we worked so hard to get promoted and that was the reason we came into pre-season this year and worked our socks off to get fit.
“It’s a long gruelling season but these are the games we embrace and the lads will really enjoy going to Newcastle and testing themselves against a massive club.
“We are playing against some fantastic players and everyone in our dressing room will relish it.
“The staff really did their homework and came up with a game plan (against Huddersfield) and it has worked.
“One of the differences in the last eight games – apart from Brentford which was an anomaly – was how we have worked to keep the ball out of the net.
“You saw at Huddersfield us putting bodies in front of the ball. You are always going to concede chances and half chances with the quality these teams have got – but the desire to keep the ball out of the net set up the opportunity to go and get that goal at the end.
“To put in an unbelievable 95-minute shift and to still be running the length of the pitch was brilliant.
“We need to keep that mentality going for the next seven games and we will be OK.”