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MANAGER'S VERDICT: SHREWSBURY

14 January 2023

DINO Maamria said that conceding goals at key moments undermined his team’s efforts as the Brewers went down 4-0 at home to Shrewsbury.

The Brewers were behind after only 20 seconds and never recovered but the manager thought his team should have got on the scoresheet.

He said: “It was a crazy game. From the kick off we lost the second ball and that was disappointing. They got behind us and we were behind in 20 seconds.

“But after that we totally dominated the half and their keeper pulls off an unbelievable save from John Brayford. But then we give away such a silly goal in the last minute of the first half.

“But I thought we could come back as we have shown against the likes of Charlton and Plymouth and at half-time we were baffled by how we had dominated the first 45 minutes but that was lost in two moments where they scored goals.

“Then we give a silly penalty away and that moment of madness makes it 3-0 and that makes it very difficult to come back. We know Shrewsbury sit deep; we know their game management is good.  We had 70 per cent possession but ultimately they were clinical when they got their chances.

“It’s hard when you go behind against Shrewsbury and they put bodies behind the ball and make it difficult for you. We are better when its an open game. We have to give them credit though for how they defended once they got the lead.

“We have been really good at home and this is the first loss since October but we conceded in key moments today and it’s always difficult when you go behind in the first minute.”

Maamria said the performance of Mark Helm on his home debut was a plus for the Brewers and shows the difference that new signings can make.

“I think his performance could get overlooked in a 4-0 loss but he was a different class. Going forward he controlled the middle of the park. He was competitive and was our best player.

“If I bring in another three or four new faces and they make the same impact we will be in a good place.

“We are in the bottom four but we are in a position where we can get out. We have a transfer window and there’s no doubt we will be bringing bodies in next week as I’m not ging to sit here and watch that. I’m going to change the fortunes of this football club.”


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