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13 December 2022

DINO Maamria says Burton Albion will continue to go strong in the Papa Johns Trophy despite a sickness bug affecting the squad.

The Brewers have reached the round of 16 for the very first time in the club's history, and face Accrington Stanley at the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow night (7pm kick-off) looking to make the quarter-finals.

Albion have faced John Coleman's side once already this season in Sky Bet League One - playing out a 4-4 draw at Wham Stadium in the opening weeks of the campaign.

And the Brewers will be looking to build on Saturday's 1-1 draw with Derby County and advanced to the final eight of this season's Trophy.

"This is the team we've got - the team that started against Derby - so we'll probably have the same squad," said Maamria.

"There is a sickness bug going around, although hopefully we can get one or two back fully fit.

"We've lost Jonny Smith and Sam Winnall to injury, Muzza (Carayol) is not really fit, Davis Keillor-Dunn has been sick and so has Viljami (Sinisalo) in goal.

"Even Deji and Corrie haven't been great over the last couple of days.

"It's been a tough week for us but hopefully we can get them into a place where we can compete to win the game."

Maamria knows both sides will be taking this game seriously - both to establish a further run in the competition and for the financial benefits that a win will bring.

"We know Accrington will be a tough test," said Maamria. "But we'll be looking to build on our recent unbeaten run at the Pirelli.

"Both sides will see this game as being important for their seasons - everyone wants a run in this competition and there's also the financial incentive to win and progress even further, especially with January only a few weeks away."

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