PROMOTION REPLAY FOR MOUSINHO?
JOHN MOUSINHO knows what it takes to win back-to -back promotions, and the Burton captain says he can do it again after making a flying start to the season, writes JOSHUA RICHARDS.
The 29-year-old was one of Graham Westley’s initial signings made back in 2010 ahead of Stevenage’s first season in League-Two, and the midfielder helped guide Boro to League One at the first attempt.
Mousinho is now attempting to retread those steps at the Pirelli Stadium with Burton who, after blitzing their way to the League Two title last term, are taking their first-ever season in the third tier by storm.
The former Preston schemer is aware of the challenges that lie ahead more than most, but Mousinho sees no reason why the Brewers won’t be toasting another promotion come May.
“I’m not surprised by our start, at the end of last year I knew how prepared we were as a squad,” said Mousinho.
“The end of last season gave us a nice platform to build on in League One, and things have worked out pretty well.
“One of the dangers you can fall into after getting promoted is setting your standards just to stay in the league. Having had that previous experience at Stevenage it definitely helps in this situation.
“Historically teams that have been promoted to League One have done quite well, just look at how Chesterfield and Rochdale did last year.
“You have to remember you are in this league for a reason, you deserve to be here and you’re not there just to make up the numbers.”
Westley certainly instilled that belief during his second spell in charge of Stevenage when he took the club from the Conference to the brink of the Championship in three seasons.
The 47-year-old now faces the task of reviving Peterborough’s promotion charge and Mousinho, who has signed for Westley three times in his career, believes Posh will be a force in League One.
“He’s a great character and I know about all the success he’s had in the game and I know he can replicate it at Peterborough,” added Mousinho.“I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if they did kick on and they did well this season with Graham in charge.
“The mantra we had back in the Stevenage days was all about hard work. There were some long days in training but we made sure we were horrible to play against, and no one relished it. There’s not any secret to success, it’s all about hard work.”
Boyhood Spurs fan Mousinho spent much of his teenage years at White Hart Lane and remembers – not very fondly – the impact Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had on his weekends.
Nowadays he listens to every word the former Chelsea striker says and he has backed the Burton boss to match his illustrious playing career.
“He combines having all that experience of playing at the top level with being down-to-earth and able to connect with players at this level – despite scoring against Spurs every time he played against us!
“It can go both ways, but for everyone at Burton the opportunity to work with someone like Jimmy is just incredible.”
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