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MANAGER'S VERDICT: PORTSMOUTH

28 November 2023

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: PORTSMOUTH

28 November 2023

DINO Maamria thought the 2-0 defeat to promotion-chasing Portsmouth was harsh on his Brewers side.

Albion were well in the game until they conceded a penalty in the 38th minute with Colby Bishop converting the spot kick.

They also started the second half well but conceded a second goal on 63 minutes and then had salt rubbed into the wounds when Steve Seddon was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Maamria said: “The result was very harsh on us. For 37 minutes we were well on top of the game; asked them questions and their keeper made an unbelievable save from Kwadwo Baah and then we made a bad decision and gave them a penalty.

“That changed the game and when you give a team like Portsmouth a leg up it makes life very difficult.

“Then we started the second half on the front foot, parked in their half but we couldn’t get a goal and then they scored from transition. That’s game over against these teams when you give them goals like we have tonight.

“But I can’t complain about the performance which was excellent.

“The story of tonight was that we shot ourselves in the foot twice. It was one of those nights where we fell short but not through lack of effort. We needed a goal but weren’t clinical enough in the final third. They defended their goal well, but we should have asked their keeper more questions.”

The Brewers now face a blank Saturday before going to Wrexham in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy last 32 on Tuesday.

Maamria said: “We will get some training in and hopefully get John Brayford back for Wrexham on Tuesday.

“We will pick our strongest team and go and look to win the game as we did against Mansfield.”


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