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INJURY UPDATE: PLYMOUTH

17 November 2022

Club News

INJURY UPDATE: PLYMOUTH

17 November 2022

DINO Maamria is hopeful that top scorer Victor Adeboyejo will be available for Saturday’s game against league leaders Plymouth Argyle.

The prolific striker pulled a stunning strike out of the top drawer against play-off chasing Charlton last weekend but had been suffering with a tight hamstring prior to the fixture.

The manager said: “His hamstring was tight before the game, and after he scored I asked him how it felt. He said he wanted to give it five more minutes and then decide, but I didn’t want to take the risk so I took him off straightaway. We rested him for most of the week and hopefully he’ll be okay for Saturday.”

Maamria also confirmed that John Brayford and Adrian Mariappa are very nearly back, although it is unlikely that either will feature this weekend.

“We’re very light in the defensive area. Last week we had to play Deji at centre back, which was a shame because he’s been great higher up the pitch. This week it might be the same.”

Injuries at the back led to newly assigned midfielder Deji Oshilaja, who captains the Brewers in Brayford’s absence, dropping back to a defensive role, which resulted in the Brewers playing with a young and energetic midfield against Charlton last week.

Maamria said: “We played with a lot of energy. We’ve got to remember that Terry Taylor is only 21, Gilly is 19 and Tyler is also 19 so we’ve got a lot of youth, a lot of energy there. But we’re lacking that know-how at certain periods of the game and that’s what we are trying to improve.

“We’re playing against top opposition. If you look at last week against Charlton, they had three chances and put every single one away; they didn’t waste any of them. Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton were the same with their finishing too.

“When playing against high calibre players, if you present them an opportunity, nine times out of ten they’ll put it in the back of the net. We have to stay switched on at all stages in the game.”

Despite how high the Green Army are flying as of late, Maamria is keen to stick to his word in having a side which plays exciting football that the fans can relate to.

“I don’t want to go into games, sit behind the ball and let the opposition dominate the game. Our fans don’t want to see that, especially at home. They come here to be entertained and to see us play attractive, front-footed football, no matter who we are up against. It’s what the fans expect from us and we have to produce that.”

Maamrai was also full of praise for the Brewers supporters, who played a huge role in last weekend’s turnaround, and hopes for more of the same from the twelfth man this Saturday.

 

 


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