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Maamria: "It is a tricky situation"

15 April 2018

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Video & Quotes from the boss following Saturday's defeat...

  • Dino on a disappointing afternoon...

“I am a fan and if I was a fan I would be really disappointed with that, that’s what hurt me most I think.

“It is a local derby and yes we will lose games (and hopefully win lots of games), it is just the manner of the loss that is what hurt me most.

“Sometimes as a manager you come in and you get an instant reaction from the players and then sometimes they revert back to how they were before.

“I do not want to underestimate the work they done in the last two weeks to produce the results we have produced.

“I remember before I came in we were in such a bad run we were actually in danger of relegation, so two wins and two draws in those four games were vital for us.

“I know what we need, I know what winning looks like and it is difficult to get that this time of the season.

“I know we need to get fitter because I thought last couple of games we ran out of legs.

“Fitness you have got to build up over a period of time and we have not got that.

“So, I have got to keep them as fresh as possible, as organised as possible and be ready Friday night."

  • Dino on the first goal being all-important...

“What I said at half-time was that it looks like both teams are on holiday, that is how it looked to me and I emphasised that at half-time.

“I told them that the team that gets that first goal is winning the game comfortably because I have been in those types of games, both teams are in mid table and they are playing for nothing.

“I do not think they came out better than us, I thought we conceded with silly mistakes.

“Obviously the keeper came out and he could not get it, the back four took under it and Barry Corr came in and headed it.

“It was really disappointing the manner of the goal, I think that goal gave them confidence to go and beat us comfortably."

  • Dino on mixing things up with the team...

“Fraser Franks gave me a really positive response in last two/three weeks in the training ground and I thought I wanted to look at him in game as well.

“I wanted to see what he has got to offer, and it is important for me to do that as well.

“Ben Sheaf is a terrific player, I left him out today as I thought again he is a young lad who has played a lot of football lately and save his legs really and have a look at Jack King there.

“It is a tricky situation for me because I want to win football matches, but on the side of it I want to have a look at what players can offer as well.

“So I am trying to balance both, it is quite a difficult task but I am watching everything in training and all the rest of it.

“One thing is for sure, I will make sure I come back for pre-season with a team that I believe is going to win."

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