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5 August 2023

DINO Maamria says he was particularly disappointed at the goals his side conceded in the Brewers opening day defeat at Blackpool.

The Brewers opened the season with a 2-0 defeat away from home in a game which saw Shayne Lavery net twice to give the Tangerines a win in their first game back in Sky Bet League One.

Following the game, Maamria said: “To concede two goals in the space of five minutes is really disappointing.

"We knew Blackpool would have a lot of experience, would start on the front foot and from seeing them today we know they will be up there come the end of the season. I felt we dealt with them well in the first five minutes, but I wasn't happy with the manner in which we conceded the first goal, and then also to concede so soon after as well. After that you just make it really tough for yourselves and it's what has disappointed me the most.

"We didn’t score today when we should’ve scored and we had good moments as well. A few times in the first-half we broke through and didn’t really do anything which is something we need to iron out."

Maamria was much happier with his sides second half performance, and believes that there are positives to take from the Brewers display in the second forty-five minutes. 

"We showed a lot more of what Burton Albion are about. We played on the front foot and we created a lot of chances. I think we had good chances through Joe Powell and Josh Gordon, and it could have been a different game if we'd have taken them chances, but I was happy with both of their performanced today."

Despite the loss, the Brewers boss doesn't feel any sudden actions are needed to his new-look squad, and understands that it will take a little bit more time to for his side to gel together.

“We need to be patient, I think we’re getting there, obviously we struggled in wide areas but we’ll become better.

“Its a afternoon where we found out about ourselves, we found out about what we need and we’ll be better for it.”

Maamria was also grateful to the 812 Brewers fans that made the trip north, and says he is looking forward to seeing them at the Pirelli Stadium for Wednesday night's Carabao Cup Round One clash against Leicester City.

“To see the fans today in such brilliant numbers was fantastic and we’re sorry we couldn’t give them anything this afternoon, we look forward to having them on Wednesday and the big derby next Saturday.”

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