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15 September 2022

Club News


15 September 2022

DINO Maamria says that he will have to be patient with new signings Sam Winnall and Mustapha Carayol as they work their way back to match fitness.

The two experienced players came on as second half subs against Portsmouth and showed their quality but are still not at peak fitness.

Maamria said: “We want them on the pitch like the fans and everybody else. But if we work them too hard, they may get injured and be out for three or four weeks.

“We have to be patient and I have to manage their workload in training until we have them firing on all cylinders and ready to go in games but, ultimately, I want to start with them.”

The Brewers travel to Exeter on Saturday with all the squad having come through Tuesday’s game without any injury concerns.

Defender Corrie Ndaba has also started training and could be back in action when the Brewers play Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.

In the meantime, Maamria expects a tough test at Exeter.

He said: “They are a good team who finished last season strongly and who have had a good start this season. They have built a decent team and they aways play the same way. They know their system and the way they play really well, and that’s where we want to be.”

Maamria has spent time with his players this week building confidence.

He said: “The mental side of the game is huge and psychologically I have to rebuild the confidence as they are a young group.

“As players they have to manage themselves first, physically in terms of rest and recovery; mentally by brushing aside negative thoughts, focusing on the positives and all that mental side of the game. They must prepare themselves as well as possible and that’s how they make sure they can contribute to the team.”

Maamria is frustrated that his team were close to getting something out of Tuesday’s contest against second placed Portsmouth.

He said: “We watched the game back and yes it was a good performance, and the lads gave everything, but I hate losing even though there were so many positives.

“My job is to win games and we went away from Tuesday quite disappointed we had lost as they were soft goals to give way. We were also so unfortunate as if we had scored first that would have been a different game and we had the chances to do that.”

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