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Maamria Disappointed With Salford Result

30 December 2019

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The Head Coach shared his emotions after the full-time whistle in a defeat to local side Salford City in the first ever competitive meeting between the two clubs.

On the result Maamria was understandably disappointed but wanted to focus on the effort of his team.

"It was a tough afternoon, I'm disappointed for the fans. It was definitely not a 4-1 game, we had 22 shots, 60% possession and the game of football is a really tight game.

"We started really well and when we gifted them the first goal which I thought was a really poor goal to concede as there was no power in the shot and Zeus knows he should've saved that and then from kick-off we give them a second goal.

"When you give them two goals in a tight game like this one it's always going to be difficult especially when they sat deep and started to play to their strengths which is the counter."

He added: "Asante was the difference and they hit him time and time again, scoring two goals within a minute and we had to commit more bodies forward at two nil down.

"In the first-half I couldn't really fault the players effort, I thought we were on the front foot, we pressed them, we showed a lot of intensity in our play.

"You then go in at half-time three nil down and you don't believe it really but they were clinical and we gave them two goals at a critical time of the game and when you do that you're always going to struggle."

The Ammies took a two-nil lead in the space of sixty seconds through Jake Jervis and Brandon Thomas-Asante and took control of the tie from there despite a promising start from Latics.

"Mistakes happen, Zeus has been a fantastic keeper since I came in. He has always been a number two but is now a number one and I've told him he needs to learn from that as a number one goalkeeper with his focus being switched on even more.

"You've got to get better every game and he knows that and is a work in progress, but Zeus is a fantastic goalkeeper and he will play in the next game there's no doubt about that.

"I'm more disappointed with the second goal because it came from our kick-off and a similar situation happened at Morecambe after showing the players a video of that.

"We've got to make sure we stay in a three against their two and we didn't. We ended up 2v2 and to concede in that manner was disappointing because at one nil down I always believed that we would get back into the game, but to concede that second goal was really poor."

He continued: "Having said that I haven't spoke about officials for a while, but I was baffled by some of the decisions again.

"I'm not sure what it is, we've not been getting our fair share of the decisions because their fourth goal is clearly offside and then you look at the goal we scored where he gave a handball to them which was a ball to the hand from about a yard.

"And then Asante shouldn't be on the pitch because all you have to do is look at Tomas Egert's face and head, where he got six studs in his face and the referee missed that.

"Yes we are disappointed at the 4-1 scoreline, we lost a big game but we've got to make sure we give our players the credit for the effort and it's the same group of players that played their heart out at Morecambe and against Crawley.

"When we turn up we try to do our jobs the best we can but it was poor from us in how we conceded the goals."

Ending the year with a loss, the Head Coach was open and honest about his assessment and how he takes his team forward from this due to the quick turnaround of fixtures.

"I'm always honest and when we're poor, I'll say we were really poor but I thought we were really good.

"I know the scoreline is 4-1 but I thought we were really good. I thought we showed intensity, we kept going forward - wave after wave, we had 22 shots and they were just more clinical. When they had their chances they scored them, we didn't.

"You could see it at the end the saves they made. I remember at two nil Fil Morais comes inside and puts a great shot in and Hogan put his body on the line with a goal line clearance.

"There's a certain margin in a football match but overall I could not fault our players with the effort, endeavour and intensity throughout the game. 

"They kept going and I've got sore bodies there. Zak Mills played on with a dislocated shoulder again, David Wheater with a sore hip, Chris McCann is carrying a hamstring injury, I've got Maouche who was fantastic today playing with a hamstring, Sylla kept going for ever. You can't fault that, you can't take that away from them.

"Also, Desire shouldn't be playing, he had a sore ankle from Morecambe and was adamant to put the shirt on and play and scored a fantastic goal along with running his heart out.

"Those players gave everything they've got. Yes we are disappointed we didn't win the game but what we've got to do is dust ourselves down, get the group back together, stay as one as a unit, keep doing the things we've been getting recent success from and then make sure we bounce back on New Year's Day with a win."

With his squad hampered by knocks and injuries he was quick to acknowledge that he's trying to build a side that can battle hard and overcome adversity.

"Well it's a credit to them as they're all sore and playing through the pain. Our back four has been quite consistent and quite good and we had another disruption with Alex Iacovitti who had to go home with a sickness before kick-off.

"We had to make a quick change, Tomas came in and was solid at centre-back and Zak ended up playing at left-back.

"We had a little bit more disruption there with Tomas coming off after 20 minutes which wasn't ideal so everybody can see what is happening there. But one thing is when you look at the situation and the players, you look at the amount of effort, endeavour and intensity they always believe they can go on to score goals and I like that when a team keeps going forward.

"Salford have got a big squad and everybody knows their players and unfortunately we gifted them two goals in quick succession and played into their hands so they'll be delighted with that because they got away with it.

"We've won games, yes we've lost some too, it's a bad loss this one in a local game against Salford but that happens in football.

"It's about how we respond from that, we've got a lot of young players there so what we've got to do is make sure we give them confidence.

"I am also really disappointed for the fans with five plus thousand turning up, I hope they come back on New Year's Day where hopefully we can give them a performance to be proud of."

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