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29 September 2022

Club News


29 September 2022

BREWERS Manager Dino Maamria says his team are not playing like a side who are in the relegation zone and that if the good performances continue, they will see the Brewers move off the foot of the table.

Albion have played three away games in a row and have won two of them and now return to the Pirelli Stadium with four out of the next five League One games at home but still looking for a first league victory on home turf.

Maamria said: “It’s that cliché about making your home ground a fortress. This place has always been that and our fans expect that. When we have done well at home, we have always started on the front foot and dominated from the start and that’s what we need to do.

“The fans have seen the way we have performed away from home, and they have been fantastic. I know the Pirelli Stadium will be rocking on Saturday.

“We aren’t playing like a bottom four side, but we are in that position. and we have to get points to move out of it.”

Albion were unlucky to lose to Shrewsbury on Saturday after turning in a good performance that went unrewarded.

The manager said: “If we carry on playing the way we have done in the away games and win two out of three we will be alright as a team. That’s why if the performances are at the right level than they will turn into wins

“We have to be dominating possession but also winning games as well. That’s my vision and what we are working towards. I believe in progressive possession-based football, being on the front foot and attacking with the ball. I don’t want 100 passes in our half but to be pushing the opposition back and then controlling the turnovers, so we don’t get exposed.

“We want to keep the same shape and the consistency of messages. By not changing too much the message we will get there more quickly.”

The Brewers take on Forest Green on Saturday (kick off 3pm). The visitors were promoted from League Two last season and are struggling to adjust to life at the higher level and are currently 22nd with two wins from their opening 10 matches.

Maamria said: “Forest Green did very well last season but lost their manager. They have a good group of players, and they are a possession-based team. If you allow them to play their game, they can cause you trouble. They are in a position that they don’t want to be in and I’m sure will come here looking to respond to the loss last week. “

Albion go into the game without Ciaran Gilligan and Corrie Ndaba and with Calum Butcher being doubtful.

Maamria said: “Ciaran is a blow for us as he plays with an energy I really like to have in the team. Calum Bucher has a slight groin strain and it’s touch and go. Corrie came in for 60 minutes against Sheffield Wednesday and could be a big asset for us and cover in that centre back area but he’s tweaked his hip flexor last week. We need to keep him positive and hopefully get him back in two to three weeks.”

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