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VERDICT: PLYMOUTH ARGYLE (A)

9 October 2021

BURTON Albion assistant manager Dino Maamria felt the Brewers deserved a point from this afternoon's defeat at Plymouth Argyle, but that his side paid the price for a poor first half.

The Brewers were two goals down at the break to goals from Conor Grant and former Brewer Ryan Broom.

But a much-improved second half, aided by a tactical switch, saw Albion come close to taking a share of the spoils, Lucas Akins reducing arrears by netting the Brewers' 700th Football League goal and Dan Jebbison coming close to equalising late on.

Maamria admitted he was disappointed with the first half but felt Albion were dominant in the second.

"We knew they were going to go to a 3-5-2 - the plan was to press them high up the field, and get our full-backs to their wing-backs," said Maamria.

"But we didn’t press enough and they played around us too much in the first half, which we were disappointed with.

"We changed shape at half-time and went to match them, with more up front, and I thought we dominated the second half.

"We probably deserved the draw and had a great chance to equalise through Dan Jebbison, who was unfortunate not to score.

"But while we’re pleased with the second half, the first half was not good enough.

"Out of possession we always have to press them and push them back. But we didn’t play any football in the first half and in and out of possession, we were really poor up until half-time.

"Lucas works really hard and he took his goal well. It was a team goal, a well-worked pattern that we’ve been working on.

"I thought we did really well to work it from the back three all the way to the forwards, and it was a good finish."

The Brewers also lost Kane Hemmings early on to an injury.

"Unfortunately this is part of football, but Jebbison came on and gave us some legs, some energy, and did okay," said Maamria.

"It’s unfortunate for Kane but hopefully he will be back soon. He played his first 90 minutes in a long time on Tuesday."


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