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MANAGER'S VERDICT: PORT VALE

14 November 2023

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: PORT VALE

14 November 2023

BURTON Albion bowed out of the FA Cup in a replay that was decided by fine margins, said Dino Maamria.

Port Vale booked a place in the Second Round with a 2-0 victory but the offside flag played a big part in deciding the tie.

Maamria said: “It’s a marginal game. They scored two goals where the first was arguably offside and the second was very close. Cole Stockton put the ball in the net and was slightly offside. And that’s the difference.

“It was a good cup game and we started really well. Then they got on top a little bit and the player that made the difference was Ikpeazu. When they played long balls to him, he did what he wanted to do. He was unplayable and was the difference between the two teams.

“We did well at the start without really hitting the target. There were situations we needed to do more with, and you need to score when you are on top. “

Albion defender Jasper Moon took a blow to the face just before Port Vale opened the scoring.

Maamria said: “We looked at him at half time and he said he was OK but clearly he wasn’t, which is why we took him off. They had their first chance when he was injured and picked up their momentum from there really. That was a big moment in the game as before that we were on top.

“Their first goal came really at the wrong time for us and the second came when we were putting bodies forward.

“Port Vale managed things well after scoring that first goal and really killed the game. It’s game management and they were trying to win a cup tie and we have to learn from that. We put all our forwards on the pitch, tried to get the ball forward quickly but didn’t get enough chances in that second half. If Cole had held his run a split second the goal would have counted and it would have been a different game.

“Overall Port Vale deserved their win tonight. For us it was tough to take."

The Brewers now have a short break with a free Saturday due to the international window.

Maamria said: “That has come at the right time for us. We need our big players back and since the loss of Sam Hughes and Kwadwo Baah we haven’t performed at the same level. “


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