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MANAGER'S REACTION | BRISTOL ROVERS (A)

18 February 2023

Club News

MANAGER'S REACTION | BRISTOL ROVERS (A)

18 February 2023

BURTON Albion manager Dino Maamria was delighted with the character shown by his side as the Brewers came from behind to win 2-1 away at Bristol Rovers today.

Sam Winnall’s second half goal proved to be Albion’s match winner for the second Saturday in a row, and Maamria was full of praise for the spirit and togetherness shown by his Albion side.

“We were full of desire, full of will to win and we’ve been doing the basics really well, and I think that's the difference," said Maamria. "It's never easy to come to places like this - the pitch is very bobbly and it’s been played in very windy conditions.

“We didn't start the game well. Chris McCann came off an injury and we changed shape just before that, and it worked really well. We then took control of the game and yes we won 2-1, but we should have won by three or four really.”

The Brewers found themselves a goal behind on nine minutes after John Marquis headed James Gibbons' cross into the ground and past Craig MacGillivray.

“They’ve got some qualities in their forward options and their front line is full of goals - you’re always going to come places like this and have to defend really well," added the Brewers boss.

"We grew into the game after conceding and we limited them. I think we had about 18 shots, with 9 on target compared to their two. Overall, it’s a fully deserved win."

While Maamria says he was overall happy with the performance from his side, with several standout performances in particular catching the manager’s eye.

Dale Taylor got an assist for the Brewers equaliser, which was calmly put away by early substitute Charlie Kirk. The on-loan Nottingham Forest striker put in another tireless performance and was also unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet when second half finish was chalked off for a narrow offside.

“Dale Taylor is absolutely brilliant, said Maamria. “His work rate, he defends from the front, he creates chances and was unlucky to not get his goal. With the pass, he looked like he was going to shoot and then it just lays it off to him in a really neat finish.

“Kirk has been brilliant – I see him everyday in training and see how good he is. He doesn’t miss chances when he gets them and when he came on today he did really good."

Bristol Rovers struggled to clear the ball in their area midway through the second half, allowing Sam Winnall to grab Albion’s winner with a poacher's finish. Unfortunately for the striker, he picked up an injury in the process and was carried off the pitch.

“I’ve been trying to look after Sam. He’s important to us, even if it’s for half-an-hour late on. He wants to play and start games – he gets frustrated sometimes and I have to manage picking the right games for him.

“He got the goal and was unfortunate to get the injury and have to go off. We will have to assess it and see how he is.”

“I felt we should have scored more. Deji and Powelly were brilliant in the middle of the park. Brayford, Hamer, Sam Hughes, and Jasper on a yellow card were all really good. Zach is growing every week as well.

“Today, I’ve had to leave Sam Lavelle and Jordan Amissah out of the squad, and it’s tough to do that. They are two brilliant players and great guys as well. It’s probably the most difficult thing I have to do at the moment. It’s a testament to those players and it’s great to see the togetherness them and the group shows in the way they react.

On a final note, Maamria was full of praise for the travelling faithful.

“Our fans have been tremendous and come in numbers again today. They inspire us and we could hear them throughout the game. They were excellent and that one was for them again.”


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