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MANAGER'S VERDICT: BOLTON

26 August 2023

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: BOLTON

26 August 2023

DINO Maamria said his team deserved the win today against Bolton but lacked the killer instinct after taking a deserved lead and ultimately had to settle for a point.

The 1-1 draw gave Albion a second point of the season, but the Brewers are still searching for that first win.

They could have had it today after creating good opportunities but Mark Helm’s strike just after half-time wasn’t quite enough for all three points with Dion Charles equalising on 58 minutes.

Maamria said: “We totally dominated and played in their half throughout. We pressed them really well but couldn’t get that goal we deserved in the first half. We scored straight after the break and we needed to kick on and get that win. If we had had that killer instinct in the last 10 yards the game was there for the taking. I have watched the chances back and we had more than enough to win the game.”

The best opportunities fell to Bobby Kamwa who hit the post after rounding the keeper in the first half.

Maamria said: “Bobby’s tenacity was really good. He worked really hard, and we got him where we needed him. He has done everything but score but he should have scored today.

“We went to a back four and a front three to stretch their back three and work them back. That game plan worked really well. I told the players that we really needed to turn up today to win not just to hope to win. They showed that intent this afternoon.

“It was just disappointing to concede the way we did. The goal came from a long ball, and they won the second ball.

“Late on in the game it was very open, but we kept creating chances.”

The Brewers suffered another injury blow with Mason Bennett having to go off with a hamstring problem.

Maamria said: “We are stretched to the max. It’s unbelievable the injuries and some of the other teams we play against, you see the strength and depth of their squads as we saw from Bolton today.

“We had two forwards who were fit and now we just have Josh Gordon. It’s been difficult. We know what the problem is but we can’t control injuries. The first three games it was injuries in the back five and now it’s the forwards and that doesn’t help.

“We will check Mason, but it looks like a hamstring which is a big blow as he was a handful before he came off.

“But our fans can see we are going in the right direction and today we put in a good performance against a very good Bolton team.”


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