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MANAGER'S VERDICT: DERBY COUNTY

10 December 2022

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: DERBY COUNTY

10 December 2022

DINO Maamria says his team gave everything again against Derby and deserved at least a point after a spirited second half showing.

Down 1-0 at the break, Albion responded by creating the better of the chances after the interval and could have scored more than the one they got to secure a point.

The Brewers manager said: “What a game of football that was – a credit to both teams. They had a good first half, they scored, but our second half was tremendous and we probably edged it in terms of chances. Our keeper didn’t have many saves to make.

“Both teams went for it which was exactly how I expected it to be. Both sets of fans were brilliant, and it was a great day.  We walk away very pleased with our second half performance. We have a lot of young players who will learn from this type of game and, overall, we will take the draw but, on another day, we would have won it.

“We had four clear cut chances, and their keeper was probably the man of the match and that’s credit to our players who acquitted themselves really well. We had a dodgy first half and didn’t start the game as well as we should have done which is why I made a change at the interval but then it was a brilliant second half performance.”

Victor Adeboyejo was the Albion goal scorer, grabbing his 12th of the season, and Maamria was delighted for the striker.

He said: “It didn’t always go for him in the game and the ball didn’t stick but we know when it cometh the hour, cometh the man and he pops up with that goal again. He works his socks off; is always pleased to do more and loves scoring goals.

“And what a performance from Bobby Kamwa. He was energetic, put them on the back foot and he was there throughout the game.”

The manager though accepts that after a run of draws the Brewers need to turn good performances into wins.

He said: “We have to focus game to game and this team is definitely giving everything they have got there’s no doubt about that. You can see the togetherness; the energy; the belief. It doesn’t matter who we play – Derby or Plymouth top of the league - we play with the same energy and the belief we will get goals and we do.

“We are where we are as we had a bad start but we are on a good run of unbeaten games and our job now is to turn those draws into wins.”


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