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REACTION: MAAMRIA POST-WREXHAM WIN

5 December 2023

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REACTION: MAAMRIA POST-WREXHAM WIN

5 December 2023

DINO Maamria says he was happy with the performance shown by his side in tonight’s 2-3 win away at Wrexham in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy.

Albion took an early two goal lead, before being pegged straight back all within the first 6 minutes of the game. Ryan Sweeney added a third early in the second half to give Albion comfort for the majority of the second half, before a late Wrexham resurgence meant that Albion had to defend well to get the win and secure their place in the last 16 of the competition.

“I thought it was an excellent performance. It was a brilliant start to get two early goals – I thought the first goal was a brilliant goal because we got the ball into a good position and Deji finished it brilliantly”, said Maamria.

“I was disappointed to concede straight after scoring the two goals, because otherwise I think it could have been a lot more comfortable night for us. Overall, I think we passed the ball really well, we got the pattern we needed to get and I thought the team shape was really good. The lads worked really hard and scored three brilliant goals – if I was being really critical we could have scored two or three more.

“Wrexham are a really good club and they will be a force next season in League One. We knew it was a big pitch and that we would have to use the ball well – we knew we’d have to control the ball well and knew that we had to quieten their crowd because they would be right behind them throughout – we did that well and we got the perfect start.”

John Brayford made his return to action for the first time since September 2nd, making his comeback on 77 minutes and Maamria says it was important to get the club captain back on the pitch.

“We made a lot of substitutes in the end and so did they, because we’ve got big games coming up at the weekend – it’s about managing bodies, because it was about winning the game, but also about getting players like John Brayford back on the pitch.

“He’s a great player, great person and is very important in our dressing room and to everything that we do.

“Beryly Lubala also took a knock and had to come off at half time, so we’ll take a look at him leading up to the weekend.”


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