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MANAGER'S VERDICT: PLYMOUTH

29 April 2023

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: PLYMOUTH

29 April 2023

DINO Maamria was proud of his team for putting in another good shift against the league leaders .

Plymouth have the best home record in League One and the 1-0 win was their 20th at Home Park this season.

But they had to settle for a single goal from a deflected shot and looked nervy as Albion took the game to them in the closing stages looking for an equaliser that would have denied them promotion, at least for today.

Indeed, Maamria was unhappy with the six minutes of added time. The Brewers had lost two players (Jasper Moon and Conor Shaughnessy) to injury at the start of the second half and those lengthy delays alone seemed to signal a prolonged period of added time.

The manager said: “My team are honest; they work their socks off every day and we don’t get the time we should have had at the end. To add six minutes in the second half is not enough. We had two major injuries and one of them was four and half minutes. To add to that was all the subs and time wasting.

“Our fans travelled a long way to see their team today and we were going for it at the end and that was hugely disappointing for them and us. That’s taking nothing away from Plymouth as they are a good team but it was a lot more than six minutes.”

Maamria was again full of praise for his team.

“We came here today; we put in a performance, and it was really disappointing to concede with the last kick of the first half. We came with a game plan to frustrate them, to stay in the game and as the second half wore on to go on and win the game. The game was nip and tuck. We had chances, they had chances but we needed more time than was put up.

“I changed the system today to freshen it up and we were unfortunate as we had two injuries and had to reshuffle at the back.

"Conor, it looks like his hamstring and Jasper, it was more precautionary as we have two more games this week.

“We need to keep playing with belief, confidence and resilience in those last two games.

“Today, we have shown we have come a long way and games like this a few months ago we wouldn’t have been able to compete in. Now we come to Plymouth, with the best home record and it was very, very close.”

Finally, Maamria paid tribute to the hosts as they celebrated promotion.

“They have done brilliantly to compete with the big boys so congratulations to them – they deserve it.”


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