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MANAGER'S VERDICT: FOREST GREEN ROVERS

30 December 2022

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MANAGER'S VERDICT: FOREST GREEN ROVERS

30 December 2022

DINO Maamria said he was delighted with his sides performance following last night’s away victory at Forest Green Rovers.

“We take any victory. It’s the turn of the year, the condition of the pitches isn’t good, the weather isn’t nice, and with what’s at stake as well – so we’re delighted to get the result.

“Everybody is desperate for a results now. There wasn’t a great amount of football but what a fantastic win it is. It’s out first back-to-back win of the season.

“It’s been a tough year for us and since the turn of January we haven’t been great, but to win today is great for everybody - It’s a huge step forward for us!”

Skipper John Brayford put Albion on course for victory with the opening goal on his 35th birthday as Albion took all the points from a tense 2-1 victory.

“There wasn’t many chances in the game and it was exactly how we expected the game to be. We knew we would be strong from set plays, and it was great to see John Brayford score from one.

Midway through the second half, referee Kirk harshly adjudged Corrie Ndaba to have bundled Josh March over inside the box for what seemed like just a coming together. Skipper Jamie Matt stepped up to take responsibility for pulling the hosts level but Ben Garratt was equal to his effort going away to his left to push the ball away from goal.

“Ben has had a tough season. His distribution wasn’t very good in the first half but I’m delighted that he could make the penalty save in the second half – when we needed him in the turning point of the game, he was there for us.

On 89 minutes Bobby Kamwa did well to turn his man and burst into the box, before the substitute eventually guided a stooping header inside the near post to put Albion two goals ahead.

Myles Peart-Harris pulled one back deep into stoppage time for Forest Green, but Albion held on to record back to back League wins for the first time since November 2021.

“There is still a lot of football to be played but it’s good to go into the new year outside of the bottom four. We now have to focus on wrapping the players up in cotton wool ahead of our New Year’s Day game away at Morecambe.”

Maamria also confirmed that defender Sam Hughes could be out for up to 3 months, after rupturing his ankle in the Boxing Day home win over Lincoln City.

“It’s bad news for us and Sam Hughes – he’s a huge player for us, but we have to deal with it. Mapps (Adrian Mariappa) came in tonight and he had a tremendous game.”


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