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Burton Albion star John Mousinho would love to hit the goal trail again

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

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JOHN Mousinho hopes his opening Burton Albion goal can be the first of many for the club, writes Tom Sloan.

The 28-year-old midfielder struck just before the hour to rescue a 1-1 draw for the Brewers at Newport County.

He had a decent goalscoring record while he was at Stevenage and would love to get back to regularly hitting the net.

"I hope it's the first of many," said the summer signing from Preston. "It's been a feature of my game I haven't been capitalising enough on in the last couple of years."

Mousinho, who has impressed in his first five games for Albion, says it is vital midfielders like himself and Robbie Weir can contribute goals to take pressure off the club's strikers.

The Brewers struggled for goals from midfield last season, with Zeli Ismail, with three goals, the top scorer away from the frontmen.

"I think it's something which is going to be important for us this season," said Mousinho.

"We've got a potent front four, in any combination up there.

"But if you keep on relying on your centre forwards to score all your goals, that's when teams can struggle.

"So, hopefully I can chip in with a few, Robbie can chip in with a few, and the other midfielders, the lads on the bench, can come in and score a few.

"It makes it a lot easier for the strikers. They work really hard for the team and really put a shift in, but there'll be days when they don't score and that's when the rest of the team can contribute."

Mousinho admitted Saturday's clash at Rodney Parade was far from a classic, but was delighted that the Brewers retained their unbeaten run at the start of the League Two season after an under-par showing.

"It wasn't a vintage game," he said. "It wasn't a performance we'll be releasing DVDs of, but a point away from home after a long journey, I think we'll take that all day.

"I think it was big in terms of getting a point, not losing the game and keeping our unbeaten run going.

"It was big for us.

"In the context of our season and how we've been doing and the challenge it posed to us, it was great that we came here and were perhaps a bit naive in the first half, but didn't show signs of crumbling.

"We battled back and got the point."

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