AFTER an unbeaten November that included progress in The FA Cup and Papa Johns Trophy, Dino Maamria is urging his Brewers team to take that form into December.
The Brewers have a crucial run of League One fixtures in December starting with a trip to MK Dons on Saturday (kick off 12.30pm) as well as a last 16 tie in the Papa Johns against Accrington.
With the squad confident after a good run of results, the Albion manager is ready for the challenges ahead.
He said: “We have been in a good place for a while. Our performances have been good overall – some games we deserved more than we got but even though we could have picked up more points November was a good month for us. Now it’s a big December with some very important games coming up.
“We will have a winning run, hopefully sooner rather than later and it would be fantastic to have an unbeaten December, and that would put us in a good position to attack the rest of the season.”
First up is an MK Dons side who find themselves in the bottom four alongside the Brewers.
Maamria said: “We are all surprised MK Dons are where they are with the quality players they have. I backed them for promotion last season but for one reason or another they have lost their way a little bit. But they are a dangerous team who are capable of beating anybody.
“They had a bad start and haven’t recovered and we are in a similar situation. It’s not easy in League One as you always have a tough run of games ahead of you. But MK Dons will improve, and I don’t think they will be in the bottom four come the end of the season.
“We have to learn from Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday away where we ended up not taking any points. We have to pick up points in the situation we are in. It’s no good playing well but not getting anything for it.”
The Brewers will be without Sam Hughes who has a thigh strain which will keep him out for a couple of weeks, but the defensive options have been boosted by the return of skipper John Brayford and Corrie Ndaba.
Maamria said: “We have had Jonny Smith back training today after he came off on Sunday with a groin injury and Adrian Mariappa is still nursing the injury he has had a couple of weeks now and we will make a decision on him tomorrow. Sam being out is a blow as he has arguably been our best player.
“Ciaran Gilligan we are going to have to manage. He is fit but we have to manage and monitor his load to make sure we keep him fit for a couple of months. All his injuries are muscular and he’s 100 miles an hour all the time and it takes a lot out of him. As much as I want him on the pitch I have to look at the bigger picture. I want him fit for us all the time not one game and out for six weeks.”