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Maamria: "There are a lot of positives"

10 March 2019

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Dino Maamria says his players didn't get what they deserved in Saturday's last-minute defeat to Bury...

Despite a cruel finish to the game that saw his team go toe-to-toe with the high flying opposition, the boss refused to feel sorry for his side and insisted that if you don't take you chances, then you can have no complaints if the opposition make you pay.

“Everybody is telling me we were very unlucky and that we did not deserve to lose that. When you do not take the chances, you are always in the hand of one mistake and it costs you the game. I thought we dominated most of the game, we were the better team. It was a scrappy game with the wind.

“The best moment in the game when we opened them up was in the 85th minute, a good passing move put Jordan Gibson in a one-on-one, if he scores the game is finished. He did not score that, and then it is about making the right decisions at the right time.

“This is the second time now that we have done it at home in the last minute of the game.

“It is frustrating because at the stage of the game, in the last minute - let's get it forward and force a corner. We ended up defending a corner, we defended the first phase, we did not defend the second phase very well.

"Fair play to them (Bury), they did what they have done all season in even when they are not playing well, they seize the moment in the game. That is the only chance they had and I do not think Paul Farman had a chance to save."

Maynard's winner was Bury's 71st goal of the season and Maamria says it is credit to his team that for 90 minutes, they hardly created a clear goalscoring opportunity.

“We pressed them, we got physical with them, we dominated certain areas of the pitch. We got on the front foot with intention from the start. I think everybody who came in today saw a team who was on the front foot and trying to win the game.

“A lot of our play was good, our attacking third was not as good as it normally is, Ilias and Moses were quieter than normal. I expect a little bit more from them. We had two clear cut chances, and when you get those chances against teams like Bury, you have got to put one of them away at least. We did not do that, they did. That is football.”

Although the result was a painful one to take, Maamria looked towards the positives including the return of Mark McKee to First Team action and another 90 minutes for Arthur Iontton in the middle of the pitch.

“I thought the middle was good, Arthur was very good for an 18-year-old. Joel Byrom was better today. Mark McKee came in and I thought he gave us real quality in the middle of the park, it is good to have him back.

“I think those front players are coming through, they have showed me what I want from them. There are a lot of positives today, sometimes you get carried away with the result.

“Yes, we lost to Bury. Yes, we did not deserve to lose, but that is football. We have got to learn from it. There are a lot of positives today, and some of the young players coming through is really positive.”

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