DINO Maamria says that it always looked like a single goal would settle today’s home game against Exeter City and unfortunately it was a long range strike from the visitors that secured all three points.
Ryan Trevitt’s 75th minute strike settled a close game much to the frustration of the Brewers manager.
He said: “Exeter are a good team, very rigid and they don’t give too many chances away. It was a really tight game but I thought especially in the second half we were the team creating the better chances, but it was always going to be close and getting that first goal was very important.
“They had an unbelievable shot from 25 yards out and it ended up in the bottom corner. We responded by putting all our forwards on and they showed glimpses of what to expect when they are fully fit. (Kwadwo) Baah was lively when he came on and so was (Beryly) Lubala and it was good to see Josh Walker back as well so hopefully we will be getting our forwards fit and that’s what we are lacking. Everyone can see we are short at the top end.
“We tried to come back late in the game but their keeper made some good saves and sometimes that’s what it takes.
“We spoke before the game about how important it was to get that first goal and John Brayford hits the bar after two minutes and if that goes in it could have been different. I thought our first half was good. They didn’t create anything from open play, only transition where we need to be better. It was fine margins today and always looked like a 1-0 game and unfortunately, we were on the wrong end of it.”
With next Saturday’s game at Port Vale postponed due to international call ups the Brewers now have a two-week break.
Maamria said: “Hopefully Cole Stockton will be back in time to play at Barnsley and that will give us a big lift. The break is coming at the right time, it gives us time to get some bodies back fit before we go to Barnsley.”