Dino Maamria, the Albion manager, expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance but disappointment that they couldn’t convert key chances in their goalless draw against Leyton Orient. Despite injuries necessitating changes in the lineup, Maamria praised his players for their handling of the game.
Maamria said, “I thought it was a brilliant performance, and we played some of the best football we’ve seen this season, especially in the first 15 minutes of the first half and the last 20 minutes. The only thing missing was a goal. We weren’t as clinical as we have been lately, and we missed some significant chances.”
The manager mentioned that if Deji Oshilaja had scored a chance in the final five minutes, the performance would have been highly regarded.
He also explained the tactical approach, stating, “We went to a diamond formation today for two reasons. First, to match the available personnel, and second, to neutralize Leyton Orient’s threats because they are a strong team in good form. They are challenging to beat and control possession. Today, we had more possession than them, which showed that our game plan was effective. We just lacked a goal.”
Maamria praised the team’s pressing and passing but emphasized the need for more clinical finishing in the final third. He pointed out that their goalkeeper, Max Crocombe, had to make only one significant save in the match.
Maamria acknowledged that while they were more clinical in their previous match against Bristol Rovers, their performance was not up to par. However, in this game, their performance was outstanding, and if they continue to play like that, they will secure more victories.
Looking ahead, Maamria emphasized the importance of the FA Cup to the club and their upcoming match against Port Vale, a strong opponent. He stated their determination to put forth their best team and performance for the match.