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24 August 2015

JOHN Mousinho was happy to take the three points as Albion beat Peterborough 2-1 but admits that the visitors could have easily left with a share of the spoils.

"I thought we were lucky," says the captain. "They obviously had the goal disallowed in the last minute and I'm not sure what that was for. But to be fair to the ref he got a lot right all afternoon, the red card and most of the small decisions. I was on the floor trying to block it at the time the ball went in so I don't know what happened. He saw some shirt pulling.

"In the grand scheme of things, it was a good result and Burton have beaten Peterborough but I think we just have to wake up and realise there is a massive opportunity for us this year and it's only for us to throw away.

"It's a tricky one because Peterborough are a big club who have been in the Championship recently but at the final whistle we were disappointed. In the last 10 minutes we looked like we were the side playing with ten men. We gave them far too many chances and we will get punished if we keep doing that.

"We took our goals well, credit to the lads for that, but I think there is a lot we can improve on."

The Brewers now turn thoughts to Tuesday's game, with Middlesbrough arriving at the Pirelli for a Capital One Cup tie

Mousinho says: "We had a midweek game last Tuesday and that gave us a chance to bounce back from the defeat at Barnsley and we are glad to have one now. We have a big squad, so it's a good chance for some lads to come in.

"We are going to be successful by using the squad and rotating things. Everyone is looking forward to the game and there should be a good reaction after today.

"It's not a distraction. If you ask players what they want to do it's to play games, especially teams who are higher up in the league structure than us. We have a big big challenge. It's another side like Bolton who we beat in the last round who have been in the Premiership so it's a brilliant chance for the lads to test themselves.

"It helped us last year having a cup run and we have a good history in the competition and I hope that continues on Tuesday night."

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