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MANAGER'S VERDICT: DERBY COUNTY

22 April 2023

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: DERBY COUNTY

22 April 2023

DINO Maamria was disappointed with losing a close game at Pride Park that was decided by a harsh penalty decision.

The Brewers could have taken an early lead when Deji Oshilaja’s effort hit the post and might have snatched an equaliser at the end with John Brayford going agonisingly close with a header - and the Brewers manager praised the performance of his team.

But ultimately the spot kick converted by David McGoldrick secured the three points for the Rams.

Maamria said: “We hate losing games but today we put in a hard-working performance and we came up short against a good team but I can’t help thinking about the game being decided by a penalty decision.

“It was never a penalty in my opinion. Their player was looking for it, he wasn’t facing the goal or trying to score  and you might not get that anywhere else but they got that in front of their  fans today. It was a very, very soft penalty. I have had the benefit of watching it back and I think 99 times out of 100 that would not be given.

“When you get 30,000 fans it puts a lot of pressure on officials but for me it was never a penalty in a million years.

“I’m not trying to take it away from Derby as I thought they played really well. They put us under pressure, and it was a good game. I’m just disappointed it was decided that way.

“The last 20 minutes we really put bodies forward and caused them problems. We are a team that can score goals and at 1-0 I thought we could get back in the game.”

Overall, the manager thought the Brewers put in another good shift.

“Our first 15 minutes was excellent, and we had a really good start. Deji should score with his chance and if he had it might be a different story. Moments like that decide games. We missed that chance and then we knew to get a result here we would have to show resilience and defend well. They have good forwards but we did well over all.

“We were brave today and the start and the end of the game was really good, and we hate losing in that dressing room. It’s all about how to win games for us but it’s fantastic from where we have come from to be where we are today. We aren’t mathematically safe today and I didn’t want to be safe on the back of losing a match. We want to do it the right way by picking up points in the remaining games.”


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