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MANAGER'S VERDICT: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

29 October 2022

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

29 October 2022

DINO Maamria was pleased with the way his team battled against adversity after not getting the breaks as they lost 4-2 against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Brewers manager said: “The first 15 minutes we were outstanding. We started the game really well and controlled the play.

“The first time they got into our half they had a shot from 25 yards and we should have dealt with it better and Bannan scores from an almost impossible position in the top corner.”

Albion’s hopes were dashed further when they conceded a penalty for handball to go 2-0 down.

Maamria said: “Sometimes it’s tough to take. They got one of the softest penalties I have ever seen in my life and then we get a clear one that we don’t get.

“We can only control what we can control, and the second goal came at a really bad time for us. Bannan flicked the ball up under Sam Hughes’ armpit and the ref gives a penalty. That makes it really hard for us at 2-0 down with the crowd behind them.

“I was disappointed with how we conceded the third and fourth goals, but we stayed playing football, the way we want to play football. We created a lot of chances, scored two goal goals and were unlucky not to get a third. At 4-2 we were still well in the game.

“There were some good performances today as well and Jonny Smith was back to his best.”

The Brewers bad luck continued with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson being unwell and unable to play and John Brayford’s calf injury being worse than expected.

Maamria said: “John will be a big blow for us and will be out for at least four weeks. It was a big loss for us having to lose Deji Oshilaja from midfield and put him at left back as a result and we brought Calum Butcher back who has been out for a while. But despite all that I was pleased with the spirit of the lads.”

The Brewers now have a week to recuperate before playing in the FA Cup First Round at home to Needham Market.

Maamria said: “The FA Cup is massive for us as a football club. We have had Needham Market watched three times already and again today. We respect every team in the competition. Now we rest, recover and we get set for next week.”


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