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MANAGER'S PREVIEW | CHIPPENHAM TOWN (H)

25 November 2022

Club News

MANAGER'S PREVIEW | CHIPPENHAM TOWN (H)

25 November 2022

BURTON Albion manager Dino Maamria is not in the habit of taking any opposition lightly - and says the Brewers must be front-footed and full of energy against Chippenham Town on Sunday.

The Brewers host National League South side Chippenham in the second round proper of this season’s Emirates FA Cup, having despatched Needham Market 2-0 in the first round.

A place in the hat for the illustrious third round - when Championship and Premier League sides enter the competition - will go to the winner of the game on Sunday (2pm kick-off).

The Bluebirds have defeated four sides so far in this competition, entering in the second qualifying round and beating Sholing, Met Police and Hendon in a replay before making club history by beating Albion’s League One rivals Lincoln City to reach this round for the first time in their 149-year history.

“In cup competitions, especially the FA Cup, I don’t believe there’s an underdog,” said Maamria. 

“It’s a one-off and I’m certain they’re going to put in the performance of their lives - they did against Lincoln, and they beat them. They beat them 1-0 and should have scored two or three. 

“I went to watch them myself in their last home game against Havant and Waterlooville, and we’ve watched them in three or four games against Cheshunt, Dover and Hastings. 

“They’re a good team who play good football, and we have to be at it from the beginning. We have to play our game - with energy, on the front foot, and impose our game on them.”

Maamria hopes to be able to welcome back winger Jonny Smith from a groin injury suffered in the warmup of the 2-2 draw with Plymouth Argyle last weekend, and the Brewers manager also confirmed that Davis Keillor-Dunn is set to return to the squad after a spell of illness in recent weeks.

And there was further good news from Maamria, who confirmed that club captain John Brayford (calf) and Corrie Ndaba (hip) are closing on returns, but this Sunday’s cup clash may come too soon for them.

“We’ve got a few coming back, hopefully, this weekend,” confirmed Maamria. 

“We’ve got Davis coming back from illness and Jonny, who is touch and go (for Chippenham). 

“We’ve got John Brayford and Corrie coming back (soon) too so it’s good to be getting some good options back, whether this week or next week. 

“We’ve been light on numbers of late and it’s a big boost, especially in defensive areas as well. We hope to have them back in the team as soon as possible because they make us better.”


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