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4 February 2023



4 February 2023

BURTON Albion manager Dino Maamria was delighted with the determination shown by his side in securing a last-gasp away win at Fleetwood Town.

A debut goal from substitute Charlie Kirk on 96 minutes secured back-to-back wins for the Brewers in an entertaining game at Highbury Stadium.

“It was a brilliant, determined performance. We came here to win the game and we showed that,” said Maamria.

Albion had come from a goal behind to take a 2-1 lead late in the game against 10-man Fleetwood through Tom Hamer, but Promise Omichere’s 94th-minute goal then looked set to share the spoils.

But Kirk popped up with the winner to send the travelling faithful into raptures.

“It wasn’t perfect, I didn’t like after the sending off, as we stopped playing – their equaliser came from our goal kick. What we’d done for 86 mins, we stopped doing it when they went to 10 men. We became very passive, it was a goal kick, we didn’t compete for it and it was a great finish from Omochere, but it cannot happen.

“We came back from that though – we showed the quality of our forwards and how we play in attacking areas.

“It was a quality finish from Charlie Kirk. It was nice for him to do it for me this time as he’s done it a few times against me for Crewe and Charlton!”

Maamria gave a first start to new Deadline Day signing Josh Walker, starting alongside Nottingham Forest loanee Dale Taylor, making just his second appearance for the Brewers.

“Josh Walker was a threat. He created chances and he worked for his teammates.

“It was an awesome, awesome performance for someone who’s been used to playing two leagues below. Reluctantly, I brought him off, but it was to bring Charlie Kirk on, who eventually scored the winner, so I’m happy with that!

“With Dale’s pace as well and the energy he’s shown, he’s a great player and showed that again today.”

Terry Taylor’s departure after an awkward landing saw him pick up what appeared to be a nasty ankle injury which saw him leave the field, clearly in pain, on a stretcher.

His departure meant an early introduction for debutant Chris McCann, and Maamria was delighted with his performance.

“Chris, unfortunately had to come in for the injured Terry Taylor and he was outstanding. He gave us the composure, quality and experience in the middle of the pitch that has been needed, and was certainly needed in that moment in the game.

“We will see how Terry is. We will see how his ankle reacts and assess the situation after the weekend.

“Overall, it was a good team performance. We conceded from two phases where we should do better but there was a lot of positives to take from this afternoon.

“It was a win for the players and for the fans – the fans have travelled excellently all season and they didn’t let us down today, they were brilliant.”

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