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Maamria Pleased To Stop The Losing Streak

16 February 2020

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On an afternoon where the weather conditions were far from ideal the Head Coach was disappointed overall at how the equaliser was conceded.

In a game where both teams were looking for that important victory after a drop in form, both sides had to settle with a point.

"It was a good game of football to be fair in difficult conditions out there but the pitch held up well and good teams play football the right way.

"I thought it was like basketball at times being end-to-end. It is really disappointing to concede the way we conceded though.

"Despite the late possession they had I felt we were comfortable enough. Hats off to their player Williams who has been injured all season and it was a great finish from range.

"We're disappointed, as we should've done better in terms of stopping the shot but sometimes you just have to say it was a great finish."

He added: "It's unbelievable how we end up not winning that game with the Gevaro chance one-on-one. Brilliant build-up play, a great ball from Maouche and Gevaro does make the right decision to go past the keeper, the ball just didn't bounce right for him and that sums up our season. 

"Those little things go against us but they're not going our way at the minute either.

"Hopefully with a bit more positivity as a team we'll get those things falling for us but at the minute it's not happening.

"Overall, a good game of football. A good point as it's always difficult when you come back from two losses, what we've got to make sure is we pick points up in the next game.

"At the end you see a lot of tired bodies there. The back four were brilliant and the midfield two were fantastic. 

"It's not due to a lack of effort from the players as they've put everything out there and sometimes you don't get what you deserve."

Adding his second goal in four games, the left footed winger Gevaro Nepomuceno opened the scoring but could've ended the game with a fantastic opportunity but Maamria is pleased that his wingers are chipping in with goals.

"In the first-half he was pretty quiet. I spoke to him at half-time and said I needed to see more of an end product and to be a threat in the goal a bit more. 

"Meaning he didn't need to stay out wide all the time and that he could come in, similar to what Jonny Smith has be doing of late.

"I like my wide players scoring goals and to do that you've got to be a good position to do so. So, Gevaro got one and easily could've had two but he's an upbeat person, it happens in football.

"He did the right thing though. He had a great first touch, he's gone past the keeper and when he's about to put it in with his right foot he's off balance in difficult conditions there and it's unfortunate how he doesn't score. But he was good today."

The game also saw the return of Gary Woods to the starting lineup after his injury battle he sees it as a positive that if he stays fit, he can help the team finish the campaign strongly.

"Injuries are always a problem in any squad and you end up with forced changes as a result.

"Woods' last game for us was Stevenage away and had a brilliant 45 minutes, he came back in, in what has been an on and off season for him.

"When I first joined he had a groin problem. It took a little bit of time to heal and then when he came back after a game or two got injured again. 

"So he hasn't had that consistency to be fit. So hopefully he's got two months now to manage himself the right way and keep himself fit and that's what Gary Woods can produce, it's not just the shots he saves he can also play from the back as well.

"Some of the football we played, especially in the first-half was fantastic. Second-half was always going to be difficult with the weather conditions as well with the wind their way and so on."


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