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MANAGER'S VERDICT: READING (A)

30 September 2023

Interviews

MANAGER'S VERDICT: READING (A)

30 September 2023

DINO Maamria says he felt like his side came away with a good point and clean sheet from today’s 0-0 draw with Reading.

The Brewers had to defend well as a unit throughout periods of today’s game, but Maamria was please with how his side managed to shut out today’s opposition.

“It’s a good clean sheet and good point coming to a place like Reading. They are a good team who play a certain way.

Despite not creating many clearcut chances throughout the game, Maamria was believes that his side did well in executing the defensive instructions his side organised for. He said: “We had to prepare really carefully for this game because we knew that they could open us up and I think that we carried out the defensive game plan really well.

“We’re a bit disappointed that we couldn’t do more in transition with our front three, but we’re four games unbeaten so we’ll take a good draw and good clean sheet away from home going into Tuesday.”

Maamria admitted that there was still room for improvement on today’s performance, but was happy to come away with a good point on the board.

“It wasn’t perfect at all,” said Maamria.

“We were sloppy in possession, we gave the ball away too cheaply and we defended too deep at times.

“When we came out of the blocks in the first and second half we were in good shape but the most pleasing thing is we showed our togetherness, good mentality and there was no real threat to Max (Crocombe).”

“Our front three took up really clever positions defensively, our midfield three worked their socks off, as a back four we were solid.”

Maamria says he him and his players focus will now all turn to Tuesday night’s home fixture against Wigan Athletic.

“We take the clean sheet and draw today, we’ve got to rest, recover and be mentally, physically and ready to go again on Tuesday with a big game against a good Wigan team.”


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