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REACTION: PATERSON POST-PORTSMOUTH (A)

12 March 2024

Club News

REACTION: PATERSON POST-PORTSMOUTH (A)

12 March 2024

BREWERS manager Martin Paterson says he was disappointed that his side didn’t come away with a point from tonight’s away trip to Portsmouth.

A double from young striker Kusini Yengi secured victory for former Brewer John Mousinho’s high-flying Pompey, but Paterson believes that his side deserved at least a point after John Brayford’s goal ten minutes from time set up a tense finish to the game.

Substitute Bobby Kamwa seemed to be felled with Albion searching for a late equaliser, a decision which Paterson believes should have earned Albion a draw on the road.

“We work hard all week to work from a framework from a tactical standpoint. We know in moments at Portsmouth, you're going to have to suffer and you're going to have to stay in shape and we found moments to transition.

“I know that there’s certain things we can improve with the group and we’re working on it, but I can't ask any more of a group of men than to give me that. You can't go and get after them straight away - they'll find pockets and that's why they are top of the league, so we knew at the right moments we were going to go to a certain shape and be aggressive and we did that. I'm going to be very honest - we should have got a point, there's no doubt about that.

“We have a great group, I stand by this and there's things we need to work on. I know that we're honest, we don't try and pull the wool over the supporters eyes. One thing we have got an abundance is a belief. We've got good core values, we do the right things, we've got good lads, and ultimately we'll keep working and that'll pay us back.

“Nobody can tell me for 35 minutes that we weren’t the dominant team in the second-half. We won't hide from the goals that we conceded again, but I’m proud of the men in that changing room tonight. I’m also proud of the fans – we went over and clapped and thanked them because that's a long way to go. It's a lot of money. I think the lads performance is one they can be proud of.

“The standard of the last 35 minutes is the standard we need to move forward to. When we did it. We look so much better. That's the confidence I need to give them. We've come to Portsmouth and I'm disgruntled that we haven't got a point. And to be honest, nobody can disagree with that.”


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