It’s rarely less than entertaining to hear what the opposition supporters thought about a game and Burton fans certainly have had a lot to say about Newcastle United, before and after the game.
Fair to say that it was a match the home supporters were very much looking forward to and many were pinching themselves to believe that this was really happening.
Reality is though that once the match kicks off: size, history and tradition are meaningless, all fans just want their team to win and it is of course 11 v 11.
With only three defeats from 10 games before Newcastle’s visit and 17 points collected at the Pirelli Stadium, no reason why Burton fans couldn’t have held out hope for a result.
Interesting to see what they did make of the action and one thing is transparent…they aren’t too keen on Jonjo Shelvey!
Burton fans comment via their top message board CloughTheMagicDragon:
‘We have another big game this weekend.
A team, who we probably never thought we would be playing. A team who are the best in the league away from home (w7, d1, l2).
They have a ludicrous striker by the name of Dwight Gayle. He’s scored 16 (yes, sixteen) goals for them in 15 games this season…
This game, put bluntly, will probably be the toughest game we have this season.
Ultimately – a good performance is all I want to see. If we get any points then it will be a minor miracle.
I expect the lads to give it 100%, and that’s all I expect.
The tiny, tiny, tiny ground may put them off a little!’
‘I will enjoy the game and spend most of the 90 minutes thinking “How on earth did we get here? Where are Welling Utd?”
Result? 3-0 to the Brewers. Easy. Haddaway ‘n’ shi*e.’
‘We are now playing the top of the table team Sat.
So get ready…” Top of the league, you’re having a laugh”
Hope they are crap on the day.’
‘Newcastle’s worst ever defeat ?? Nine nil against either Burton Swifts or Wanderers ……can’t remember which team off the top of my head. Let’s hope they don’t get their own back on Saturday!!’
‘15th April 1895 at the Derby Turn Ground:
Burton Wanderers 9 (yes nine) Newcastle United 0
We have a better history in Burton than many may realise!’
‘What a match, a once in a lifetime occasion, Newcastle Utd playing a league game at the Pirelli. A programme to savour for Brewers fans.
Class players win matches. Our challenge this season, enjoy it and give it a go.’
‘Anything can happen!
Three weeks ago I was in Newcastle so I took the chance to see Newcastle v. Blackburn.
United, top of the league, had won their last nine games and had never won ten in a row, whilst Blackburn were close to bottom of the league. The match was not very good to watch and I thought neither team would worry Albion on this display. The teams cancelled each other out until towards the end, Blackburn had a corner which fell to a player who swung his foot and scored.
Then Newcastle had a couple of good chances but failed to take them. United had one or two lively forwards who would need careful marking on Saturday. They will expect to win tomorrow but will be surprised at Albion’s ability. COYB’
‘I’ve got big match excitement this morning, feels like FA Cup 3rd round day when I was a kid!
What a day ahead, atmosphere could be superb. Rafa Benitez and the Toon Army at the Pirelli for a league match, you couldn’t write the script!’
‘Happy Christmas, (Burton Chairman/majority shareholder) Mr Robinson! You deserve it.
I’ve written this a few times over the last seven or eight seasons but: Does it get any better than this?’
‘What do we expect from playing Newcastle in the league?
As long as we don’t get thrashed it doesn’t really matter, a good game in which we are competitive will do nicely.
There should be a lot of pride amongst everyone involved in the running of BAFC today as this is the day when you can shout out to the world WE HAVE MADE IT’
‘I expect nothing short of a comfortable win to boost the goal difference, otherwise I’ll be saying Clough and Garner out, booing Tom Flanagan and demanding Mr Robinson steps aside.’
‘The fact I’m disappointed with the result, says a lot about how we played.
Newcastle coasted the second half. Ultimately, we’ve just lost, marginally, to a team worth £100m.
Time to finish our chances against the next £100m+ team!’
‘Can’t fault the effort of the team again, for much of the game we matched their endeavour and effort although I do agree that Newcastle were coasting in the second half.
Just a pedantry moan and groan, obviously Newcastle were wasting time, all teams do it and yet, very little sign from Probert that he was doing anything about it. He made a few gestures but nothing improved, he didn’t seemed to add much time on, I was expecting 6 mins yet only 4 mins was showed. He then only added on 3 mins 51secs.
There were also several occasions throw ins and the like when he simply did n’t indicate which way it was. It annoys me. He had last season off through ill health apparently, I wish him well, but don’t rush back to the Pirelli.
And what a c***womble Shelvey is, his taunting along the Popside when they scored the second goal was completely unnecessary. Overrated, overpaid and overinflated ego. Reminded me of Lee Hughes in the complexly lacking humility and class stakes.’
‘Shelvey is a total sh*thouse and I think everyone knows it.
I remember seeing the highlights of their last minute win against Norwich and instead of celebrating with his teammates he went round two or three Norwich players and screamed in their faces first. He’ll get his. Karma’s a bitch.
Another battling performance, another game where we should’ve got something but didn’t. The effort and commitment is there but that little bit of luck and quality we’ve found on our side in the past few years is missing. It’s got to turn sooner or later, surely…?’
‘I can’t help thinking we should have had a point out of that game. That Akins miss plus Jamie coming on too late, why?
Loving it anyway, we move on to the next. Just a small club again.’
‘Very proud of Burton Albion today. Deserved all 3 points and outplayed Newcastle for most of the game. They were very lucky.
Shelvey is a knob, over paid Nancy boy. They can keep him, wouldn’t come here again if he played for us. I don’t think they coasted at all. We were all over them and the better team.’
‘Really proud of the shift put in by us today. Irvine must be pound for pound best signing in the league?
Newcastle could have gone up a couple of gears in the 2nd half – great tactical judgement from Rafa.
Give us shelvey and Gayle and we would be pushing for play offs.
Our season will not be defined by today and boxing day – Rotherham and Preston afterwards will be bigger.’
‘Ask my kids; one of the sayings I continually spout off is “There’s no such thing as luck. The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
Burton Albion are proving me wrong.
I came away from the game quite irritated. If we’d been played off the park by a much better team, I’d have been happy with a 4-0 spanking. Instead, we lost to an inferior team.
Give us Gayle and we’d win the league. We should have beaten them. We gave them two goals – two mistakes, two goals. Our goal was a work of beauty. Our defence was made up of three players, two of which played in League One last season and the other got relegated from the Championship. They hardly tested us.
The mighty Newcastle Utd wasting time against Burton Albion. How the mighty fall.
Sorry if this doesn’t fit in with the other “Didn’t we do well” posts but that’s how I’m feeling tonight. Many may think I’m being unrealistic but I think we belong in this league. I’ve not seen anything to the contrary (apart from millions of pounds worth of substitutes) from any of the teams we’ve met.’
‘We accomplished ourselves admirably against the best team in the league and without 2 mistakes could have come away with the result, we are doing well but if we want to stay up must start turning these decent performances into points.
I honestly thought we would be getting thrashed by teams like this but thus far have not been out classed by anyone, if Ben can find enough loose change to attract a couple of decent signings in January I am still optimistic that we can pull off a minor miracle and actually survive.
Its unbelievable that I felt slightly disappointed to have lost narrowly to the Toon.’