HAVING played international football for Luxembourg, Brewers striker Aurelien Joachim will not be daunted by big games like tomorrow's tie against Middlesbrough.
After home fans got the chance to see the striker make his debut as a sub against Peterborough, Joachim said he was looking forward to getting more game time for the Brewers.
“It’s always nice to get on the pitch and to get a 2-1 win at home,” he says. “I still have a lot of work to do and I think the coaching staff and I know that I have to adapt my game to League One here in England. In Holland it’s more technical, here it’s more physical.
“I am the kind of player who likes to keep the ball, to receive it at my feet and bring other players into the game so we are not 90 minutes under pressure.
“You learn every day when you are a player and that will be the case with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as the coach. He knows what to do to score goals and it’s very important as a striker to have someone who understands that.”
The 29-year-old has lots of important experience.
He says: “I started late as a football player. I had a lot of studying before I played two years in Holland. I enjoyed it there playing in nice stadiums against big teams like Ajax.”
Joachim has also notched up more than 50 caps for his country.
He says: “Internationally, I have played against Portugal and France; I have played against many great players so from this you learn a lot.”
Joachim hopes Albion will play better tomorrow than they did against Peterborough.
He says: “After the game, the gaffer was not happy as when you are 2-0 up and the opposition is down to 10 men you have to control the game or kill the game and we didn’t do either of those two things.
“The good news is that even when we are not so good we still win. It’s important to do that but we also have to learn from Saturday and know how to control the game when you have one more player on the pitch.”