BURTON Albion manager Dino Maamria has emphasised the importance of strong home form, as the Brewers look to build upon the 4-0 win against Bradford City midweek.
The Brewers take on Cheltenham Town on Saturday, having fielded a half-rotated side in an emphatic victory in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday, with the Brewers securing a perfect points-tally in the competition’s group stage.
But the thing that stood out most to Maamria was the brand of football produced by players which haven’t featured as much as they would’ve liked this season.
“The most pleasing thing about Tuesday was that we played the way we want to play and the lads that featured, who haven’t had a lot of gametime, slotted in and played football in the exact style we want to implement," said Maamria.
“I love that side of things, where a player comes in and does a great job, because it gives me more of a selection rather than just sticking with the same players, especially with a Saturday-Tuesday schedule coming up. It’s fantastic seeing players with that energy and hunger to get into the team.”
Maamria believes that the quality of football played on Tuesday night is a sign of things to come from the Brewers, as they continue to work towards creating an identity and playstyle which the players, fans, and everybody associated with the club can be proud of.
Dino has previously talked about wanting a side which plays on the front foot and believes that Tuesday’s performance ticked all the criteria of how his side should perform.
“I thought we were brilliant on Tuesday," he added. "We dominated the ball, played fantastic football, scored four fantastic goals and kept a clean sheet.
"Now we need to take that forward with us not just this weekend, but it needs to stick with us as a football team. That’s our identity and it’s what we work with day in day out.
“Our home form is really important to us. There are a lot of home games, especially in November, that we’ve got coming up. We’ll be dealing with different problems in these games because we become favourites in certain games. Certain teams will sit back against us, and that’s a problem we don’t face often so we’ve got to find a solution for that.”
There were, however, a couple of downsides from the fantastic performance on Tuesday, as Mustapha Carayol was substituted immediately after coming on and scoring, as well as the disappointment of not being able to give minutes to Corrie Ndaba due to an injury picked up prior to the game.
Maamria has said that Carayol, Sam Winnall and Bobby Kamwa are all doubts for Saturday but may become available if they feel fit to play, whereas Corrie Ndaba is expected to miss out for another 2-3 weeks.
Positive injury news includes the progress of midfielders Michael Mancienne and Ciaran Gilligan, who both look set to return to training in the upcoming week.