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20 September 2022



20 September 2022

DINO Maamria says he was delighted with his team following last night's away victory at Sheffield Wednesday in the Papa Johns Trophy.

Maamria's side picked up their second win on the road in the space of four days following Saturday's 2-0 victory at Exeter City - now the Brewers continue to top Northern Group H of the Papa Johns Trophy following the 3-2 win at Hillsborough.

"We're building momentum step-by-step and tonight will give us more confidence as a team, said Maamria.

"I'm happy with many of the things we did tonight, but we know we're not there yet - we stay humble, we stay focused, we rest, we recover and prepare for Shrewsbury again on Saturday.

"We scored some great goals and could have scored another one before we conceded when we hit the post.

"It was a disapointing 10 minutes when we conceded the first one, followed by the second one so quick after, but we managed to get to half time at 2-2 which allowed us to organise again and make a plan to go and win it. We did that with the winner early in the second half and it's a great night for the club."

Maamria says was delighted to see Jonny Smith back in the starting XI and back on the score sheet following suspension.

"I'm so excited to have him back. Jonny Smith is best when he's full of confidence and self belief.

"He's brave with the ball and I want to allow him to be able to encourage him, take risks with the ball and to go and play on the front foot - you saw that tonight and that's the Jonny Smith I know.

"Davis (Keillor-Dunn) was also brilliant on the other wing, as well as all the other players who came in to the starting XI from the five changes that I made.

"Sam Winnall came in and got on the scoresheet, as well as getting 60 minutes under his belt which I'm happy about. Deji (Oshilaja) was also excellent once again - I'm really happy with how everyone played.

"I want my players to have the freedom to make mistakes in attacking areas aslong as they are brave with the ball."

Corrie Ndaba also made his first start for the Brewers since signing on-loan from Ipswich, calmly coming through 60 minutes of the game following injury.

Maamria said: "He did really well considering that he's not played for a long time.

"The plan was to give him 60 minutes and we're happy with how he did in the back four. It now gives us something more to think about in terms of who plays ahead of Saturday."

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