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MOUSINHO: GETTING TO WHERE WE WANT TO BE

15 November 2014

Midfielder looking forward to Wycombe clash

Burton Albion midfielder John Mousinho believes the appointment of new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will drive Albion towards success in their League Two clash at Wycombe on Monday.

Hasselbaink will bring a fresh start for the Brewers following their FA Cup exit, it is a chance for players to fulfil their potential and fight for promotion into League One.

The tie on Monday night at Wycombe will be a challenging start for Hasselbaink, but Mousinho believes the appointment of a new manager will enable the Brewers to get their season on track again.

"A big name managerial appointment like Hasselbaink, who’s played in the Premiership, played for Holland, it has made the training ground have a really positive vibe; we’ve been looking forward to getting someone in place.

“It’s a fresh start for everyone to impress, everyone will be working extra hard to earn their place in the starting team so they’ll be sharp in training and more importantly, sharp in games,’’ said Mousinho.

Mousinho thinks the whole team are going to benefit from the experience Hasselbaink has from his playing career, as well as his managerial career in Belgium last season.

"I think for managers that have played at the top level, they have that extra inch because we will learn from them, that helped with the previous manager as he played in the Premiership. The gaffer now has done the same so we’re hoping he can come in and guide us towards that high level and bring the best out of us,’’ Mousinho added.

Hasselbaink’s first game as manager away at Adams Park will be a special one for Mousinho, who is set to return from injury to face his former club.

"From my point of view it will be a great encounter, I have fond memories from my spell there helping them get promoted in my first season, so I’m definitely excited. From a team point of view, it will be a tough challenge against top of the table, but it’s a chance for us to go down there and pick up three points.

"Top of the table clashes are the games that everyone lives for, we look at the game as though we can go level on points with Wycombe if we win so it adds a bit of extra spice to it as we can get back up to where we want to be,’’ he said.

Mousinho has undertaken a coaching role as he recovered from his injury in which he has learned some key aspects on the other side of the job.

"It was a great experience, unfortunately on Saturday we didn’t really get the result that we were looking for, but from the Plymouth game, all the way through the boys were absolutely excellent, they’ve worked their socks off for our caretaker manager Mike Whitlow, it was a joy to be a part of it and to gain the experience.”

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