MAYBURY FORGIVES NEDVED
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Three years after his last first team appearance, Maybury was given the chance to play, mainly due to the fact that David O'Leary's side had already qualified for the quarter finals, but a solid display came to an abrupt end with the studs-up challenge from the Czech international.
O'Leary was furious with Nedved's challenge after the game, but the 22-year-old was more philosophical about things and accepted that they happen in football.
Maybury has been spent long periods out of action due to shin splints and instead of being angry at Nedved, was happy at being able to walk away from the game.
"There was a shooting pain down my leg and at first I panicked more than anything," revealed Maybury. "But it was just a kick and I don't think there was any real damage, although we will have a look at it today.
"He still didn't need to do what he did, although there was a niggly incident just before it when I blocked him off and he wasn't happy about it.
"He later apologised for the challenge, and I'm not one to hold any grudges because these things happen."
Maybury has had a terrible run with injuries, including breaking his leg on while returning from shin splints, but is determined to come back from this latest setback and is not worrying just yet.
"I've had to be patient," he added. "It took me the best part of a year to get back to where I was following the shin splits injury, and then I broke my leg, but these things happen.
``There were then opportunities where I thought I had a half-chance of playing, but it didn't happen. I knew I just had to keep working hard and I don't think I ever let my head drop.
"It's been hard because of the injuries, and I'm the first to admit that I lost my way. I have to be honest and say that I had my doubts my chance would ever come again.
"But the manager gave me that chance, and although it took me a while to get into the game, I thought I did okay. It was just great to be back.
"I'm positive I can now go on from here, although one game doesn't make me or break me."