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MANAGER'S VERDICT: ACCRINGTON

13 December 2022

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: ACCRINGTON

13 December 2022

DINO Maamria was disappointed to see his team bow out of the Papa Johns Trophy “with a whimper” after suffering a 4-2 home defeat to Accrington Stanley.

A sickness bug in the camp gave the Brewers manager few options and several players had to play despite feeling under the weather, but Maamria still expected better defending from his side.

He said: “I’m extremely disappointed with the manner of the goals we have conceded because we know as a unit going forward we always create chances and score goals.

“We had a meeting yesterday breaking down all the goals we have conceded and what we need to do to stop that and to adopt a defensive mentality and to put ourselves between the situation and the goal. We have done a lot of talking about that as it is embarrassing the number of goals we have conceded as professional footballers.

“We have gone tonight with a back five and to concede the goals as we did was really poor. We all have to look at ourselves in the mirror but certain mistakes are obvious and I have to rectify that.

“It was very disappointing to go out with a whimper and that’s not the way we want to lose games.

“I could say that we have 10 players sick. We have a bug in the camp since last week. Deji Oshilaja was our best player tonight and he was sick but had to put a shirt on as we have nobody else. Some of the players are sick at home, some on the bench and some on the pitch. But we had to get a team out there.

“The energy of the team wasn’t there because of that but the goals we conceded were still disappointing.”

Leading scorer Victor Adeboyejo was one of the players sidelined by illness.

“I didn’t have a centre forward tonight,” said Maamria. “We played a system without one and although it worked offensively, we have to question our work without the ball because we conceded four goals.”

The Brewers travel to Barnsley on Saturday with the manager needing to assess the fitness of his squad.

He said: “We had players ill on Saturday and had a good performance but we need to look at everybody before Barnsley and see where we are at.”


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