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MANAGER'S VERDICT: MK DONS

7 May 2023

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: MK DONS

7 May 2023

DINO Maamria and his players enjoyed a lap of appreciation at the end of the -0-0 draw with MK Dons as the team and fans celebrated a strong end to the season that saw Albion finish 15th.

After picking up only one point from the first eight games there has been a remarkable turnaround and Maamria was quick to praise the fans for the part they played.

“They have been amazing,” he said. “We have all done this together and it was important to go out there at the end of the game and keep connecting with those fans and showing our appreciation.

“It was also important to finish the season how we have. It’s been an unbelievable six months and we stick together as a club and as a group and it has been a massive change.

“You go back four weeks and see that fixture list in April and people were writing us off, but we did it with style and determination and that’s credit to everyone at the football club.

“The lads are going out tonight as a group, the players and staff and then from tomorrow we focus on next season.”

The 0-0 result wasn’t good enough for MK who were relegated to League Two after Cambridge beat Forest Green to retain their League One Status.

Maamria said: "It has been a tough two games against Cambridge and MK Dons this week, both well run clubs, both honest teams and we have shown an honest performance in both games. I thought we deserved to beat Cambridge but today MK were unlucky. I feel for them but I’m sure they will come back better and stronger than before.

“We defended well led today by John Brayford who was immense. The goalkeeper and the back four were excellent. We barely concede a goal now. Even when we lose it’s by a narrow margin. We are always in games and that’s very different from how it was a the start of the season.

“We have developed grit and determination and teams have to work very hard to score goals against us and beat us.”

Thoughts now turn to next season.

Maamria said: “I will talk with all the players tomorrow and there’s a lot of hard work to be done. It’s non-stop as we have a lot of rebuilding to do and I need to stay on it.”


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