A DISAPPOINTED Dino Maamria felt there were many positives to take from Burton Albion’s performance despite falling to a late defeat at Portsmouth this evening.
Maamria’s side had battled well throughout to restrict Pompey and had even carved out two of the best chances of the game, with Joe Powell and Josh Walker both foiled by home goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi.
A resolute defensive display, and several saves from former Portsmouth keeper Craig MacGillivray including one stunning one-handed stop, looked set to secure the Brewers a point before substitute Dane Scarlett fired home from close range to secure all three points for the hosts.
“There’s so many positives from the performance,” said Maamria. “We put a team out with one or two key players missing, as we know.
“Conor Shaughnessy, who hasn’t played for six months, was good in the middle of the park and did the best that he could.
“Joe Powell has been out for a long time and he came in tonight and he showed real determination in his performance.
“It’s a tough place to come, Portsmouth, and I felt our game-plan was almost perfect because we had two of the best chances of the game. I don’t know how Joe Powell and Josh Walker didn’t score them.
“If we get one of those two goals, I think the game would have been different.
“We spoke about this before the game - we have to defend, we have to show resilience and determination and when we get a chance, we have to score. We mostly did that.
“The only disappointment for me is the manner of the goal, it came from our goal kick and we were very passive, we lost the first and second contact and then a poor clearance. That happened at Fleetwood late on, which they scored from, it happened against Exeter when Dale Taylor had to make a 60-yard run to recover and it’s something we’ll address.”
Maamria was full of praise and thanks for the 103 Brewers fans who made yet another long midweek trip to Portsmouth.
“It’s tremendous,” Maamria said of the Albion support. “Honestly, I can’t put it in to words because we know how difficult it is, they’ve been away to Fleetwood last week and it’s a Tuesday night coming all the way to Portsmouth.
“I wholeheartedly thank them and I’m sorry we didn’t get the result that they deserve and we deserve. But that’s football sometimes, the highs and the lows, where at Fleetwood we celebrated together. But we’ll stay together and hopefully see them again at Bristol Rovers.”