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MANAGER'S VERDICT: STOKE CITY

25 July 2023

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: STOKE CITY

25 July 2023

DINO Maamria thought his team got a good test against a strong Stoke City side as they continued to build towards the start of the new season.

Albion lost the Bass Charity Vase match to a solitary Stoke goal after a solid defensive performance against the Championship side.

After the 2-2 draw against West Brom on Saturday the Albion manager thought it has been a good week for his troops with plenty of positives to take.

He said: “Tonight we had to show a different side of our game to Saturday. You have to give credit to the opposition who are a top end Championship club who caused us some problems. But I thought we defended really well. We were compact as a unit and did our jobs really well.”

Jamal Blackman was named Man of the Match as he and the Brewers defence stood firm against the visitors until Jacob Brown grabbed a second half winner.

Maamria said: “The goal came from a bit of quality with a decent ball which was the only time they beat our backline.

“It was a good test and although they had a few shots from the edge of the area they scored from the only clear cut chance they had.

“The only disappointment for me was that we didn’t test them that much going forward.”

The manager was pleased though with how the squad is shaping up for the new season.

“A lot of players have completed more than one 90 minutes now and the team looks fit which is always good at this stage of the season with 10 days to go.

“We have no problems in terms of injury so we are in a good space and we will get better with the ball. That won’t happen overnight with 11 new players as they will take time to gel but the performances have been very positive and we have a lot to build on.”

The Brewers now travel to Belper tomorrow night.

Maamria said: “Some of the lads who didn’t play tonight will get 90 minutes tomorrow and then we go to Scunthorpe on Saturday and then we will be ready.”


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