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25 April 2023

Club News


25 April 2023

DINO Maamria’s top priority was accomplished tonight after the Brewers secured another season in League One.

A 1-0 win at Lincoln City provided the points that Albion needed to guarantee safety with three games to go. At least four teams must now finish below the Brewers.

The Albion manager said: “It’s unbelievable really from where we were. What has driven me on is all the people who believed in me from day one; the backroom staff, the people around the stadium; the players, and I dedicate this to them because it hasn’t been easy. It was a mess and it’s not just what we have done but the way we have done it.

“I knew I had to start by getting the maximum we could from the players we had to get to January with a fighting chance. But I have always been very confident, and I believe in the work we do. This is the sixth time I have taken a club in this position, but you never take it for granted. You have to go out there and produce and I put myself under huge pressure to deliver. 

“When we lose games I take it personally; when we win games I love watching others enjoy it. We are Burton Albion, and we are not a big club. We have a small fanbase, who are very precious. You see them travel to Derby and then again tonight supporting us through thick and thin and this huge achievement is for them.

“It’s not easy as even at the bottom of the league there are big clubs down there like Oxford United with big budgets.

“We need to learn from our mistakes and never put ourselves in this position again.”

The Brewers good form since January has taken Maamria’s team clear of the drop zone.

He said: “I protected the players from looking at the table and just focussed on one game at time because when you have the fixture list we have had you would be scared. “

Now the job has been done with games to spare.

The manager added: “We wanted to do it as early as possible. We wanted to do it at Derby. It wasn’t a great performance from us tonight, but you see the determination and we got the job done.”

Jonny Smith looked the most likely scorer for the Brewers hitting the bar and having one tipped over before Gassan Ahadme poked the ball home in the 79th minute.

Mammria said: “Every one we brought in in January has been a huge help to us. It’s good for Gassan to get that goal.  When Gassan left us in the summer it was completely different. We have a decent forward line now. We have four forwards all playing a part.”

The Brewers now travel to league leaders Plymouth on Saturday looking to gate crash what the home side will want to see as a promotion party.

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