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MANAGER'S VERDICT: LEYTON ORIENT

28 October 2023

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: LEYTON ORIENT

28 October 2023

DINO Maamria was pleased with his team’s performance but disappointed that key chances went begging as the Brewers drew 0-0 with Leyton Orient.

The Albion manager was forced to make changes due to injuries but praised his players for the way they handled the game.

He said: “I thought it was a brilliant performance and that we played some of the best football we have seen this season, especially the first 15 minutes of the first half and the last 20 minutes. The only thing missing was a goal. We weren’t as clinical as we have been lately, and we missed some big chances.

“If Deji (Oshilaja) had scored that chance with five minutes to go everyone would have said what a performance that was.

“We have gone to a diamond today for two reasons. Firstly to fit the personnel we had available and secondly to nullify their threats because they are a really good team who have been in very good form. They are hard to beat, cause teams problems through the middle of the pitch and dominate possession. Today we had more possession than them and to do that showed our game plan was perfect. The only thing we needed was a goal.

“We pressed them really well and the message at half-time was just to keep doing what we were doing, play more football, beware of their attacking threats and when we get in the final third be more clinical.

“Max (Crocombe) had a big save at the end but that was the only one he had to make. We had a lot of chances and that came on the back of some really good football which I was pleased with.

“Last week we were more clinical against Bristol Rovers but I wasn’t happy with the performance as a lot of time we were under the cosh. Today the performance was brilliant and we were just unfortunate that we didn’t score but if we play like that we will win a lot of games.”

The Brewers now have a week to prepare for the FA Cup First Round tie away at Port Vale.

Maamria said: “The FA Cup means a lot to this football club. It’s a big, big game for us and Port Vale are a good team. But we have to win and we will put our best team and best performance out there.”


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