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DINO MAAMRIA | BURTON ALBION BOSS PREVIEWS LINCOLN CITY BOXING DAY TEST

24 December 2022

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DINO MAAMRIA | BURTON ALBION BOSS PREVIEWS LINCOLN CITY BOXING DAY TEST

24 December 2022

DINO Maamria knows Burton Albion face a tough test in the form of Lincoln City - but wants an electric atmosphere at the Pirelli Stadium this Boxing Day.

The Brewers will host the Imps after a nine-day break from last weekend’s defeat to Barnsley next Monday (3pm kick-off).

Mark Kennedy’s side were in Carabao Cup action earlier this week, taking an early lead at Premier League Southampton before being pegged back and then knocked out of the competition by a Che Adams double.

Albion host the Imps before back-to-back away games at Forest Green Rovers and Morecambe to round off a busy six days - with an Emirates FA Cup third round clash at Grimsby Town following not long after.

“I love the Christmas games - the Boxing Day match then a game every few days,” said Maamria. 

“That intensity tests the players as professionals because preparation becomes vital. This nine days isn’t just about preparing for Lincoln, it’s about preparing for the game on the 29th, the 1st, then the FA Cup game. It’s our chance to do that work now because after Boxing Day we won’t have as much time to prepare. 

“It’s been good for us to use this run to get that intense work in. You make sure that there is enough intensity in training so that we play with intensity on the 26th and can do the same on the 29th.

“Boxing Day (games) have that special Christmas feeling about them - I expect the atmosphere to be electric and I expect us to put in a good performance. 

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“I like (Lincoln). I’ve managed to watch their last three games and they don’t lose many, they don’t concede a lot. 

“They’re very compact, they don’t commit people forward and they’re set up not to lose games. They’ve done well with their shape and started that way in pre-season. 

“They’re a tough team, solid, organised, and have one or two players who are a threat as well. It’s going to be a good test for us, but it’s about us on the day.”

And Maamria insists he is not looking any further than Boxing Day, even with Forest Green and Morecambe following quickly.

“I always look at it one game at a time,” added Maamria. 

“Every game I think we are capable of winning and my job is preparing the team. I’m only looking at Lincoln.

“ As a team we are confident that if we perform like we did in the second half against Derby, and like Charlton and Plymouth, we’ll win games. 

“But defensively we have to do a lot more and we have to go out and attack.”


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