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DINO MAAMRIA ON BURTON ALBION'S NINE-DAY BREAK, RELENTLESS TRAINING AND MORE

22 December 2022

Club News

DINO MAAMRIA ON BURTON ALBION'S NINE-DAY BREAK, RELENTLESS TRAINING AND MORE

22 December 2022

DINO Maamria says Burton Albion will look to make the most of this extended break in fixtures - before the games start coming thick and fast heading into the New Year.

The Brewers are next in action on Boxing Day, which is next Monday, at home to Lincoln City (3pm) - a gap of nine days from the defeat at Barnsley last weekend. 

Plenty of hard work has already been going in at St George’s Park, with the Brewers first team squad being put through their paces on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in high-intensity sessions, with Maamria describing his team as “relentless” this week.

Maamria felt that the sickness bug that has affected the Brewers in recent weeks showed in our performance at Barnsley, and hopes that his side will reap the benefits in the coming weeks from this gap in games.

“To get better in life, it’s repetition or mileage - you don’t do less to get better,” said Maamria. 

“So we’ve been relentless in training. We’ve been fortunate to have this nine-day window as we’ve been able to train with some intensity so we can be ready for Boxing Day.

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“We had the highs of the Derby game with the second half performance - we were disappointed not to win that game but it was a fantastic performance. Then we really struggled last week in terms of numbers on the training pitch. We lost to Accrington then we went to Barnsley on Saturday and our performance wasn’t good at all. 

“But looking back at it, Barnsley looked like a fresh team who had a weekend off, and we looked like a team that had trained through a sickness bug and looked physically and mentally tired. 

“We played three games in those conditions in a week while Barnsley had two weeks to prepare for us. So as disappointed as I was, I had to reflect and say ‘okay, that was a bad performance, but there were reasons for it and let’s move on’. 

“We’ve got bigger fish to fry in the next few games.”

Maamria says the Brewers will not be training on Boxing Day - but that does not mean the focus on Lincoln changes one jot for Albion's manager - or his squad.

"As a player I’ve been a good professional, that’s what I always prided myself on," said Maamria.

"I never had a Christmas dinner, I had pasta and chicken, as boring as that is! I love watching the movies and being with the family on Christmas Day - I’m not as bothered with the food as a manager but my mind is always about how I can interact with the players the day before the game, to make sure they’re mentally ready for the game as well.

"I always trust the players - in life, really, I give people the benefit of the doubt. I’ve been at clubs where the manager brings the players in on Christmas Day for 45 minutes training, when they travel for an hour each way.

"It’s just a waste of time for me. I give the players that responsibility on Christmas Day, and they can get out and do some work in the park and get some fresh air, I’ll also interact with them by ringing them and making sure they’re ready for the game.

"Our group is a good group, they’re top professionals, and although they’ll enjoy their day the focus is on Boxing Day."


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