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MAAMRIA LOOKS FORWARD TO BIG GOOD FRIDAY GAME AT THE PIRELLI

6 April 2023

Club News

MAAMRIA LOOKS FORWARD TO BIG GOOD FRIDAY GAME AT THE PIRELLI

6 April 2023

DINO Maamria is looking forward to a bumper crowd for the Good Friday clash with promotion-chasing Barnsley.

It’s a double header this bank holiday weekend, as the Brewers host Barnsley before travelling to London to take on Charlton on Easter Monday.

Tomorrow’s clash is expected to be a good turnout from both sets of supporters, and Maamria has faith in the home supporters to give the Brewers a slight edge.

“It’s a home game, the Pirelli will be bouncing,” he said. “We have to give a performance for the fans and for ourselves.

“We’ve seen it on several occasions that we can dominate on these big occasions. We did it in the second half against Derby earlier on in the season to get back into the game.

“We know we’ll be on top during stages of the game, but so will they. We need to be prepared to react to setbacks, stay in the game and make sure that we capitalise on our chances. Our fans will be with us from the first minute and there’s no doubt about that.”

The Brewers have made massive strides since the 2-0 defeat at Oakwell in the reverse fixture, and Maamria takes a lot of pride in the improvement since he took over as manager.

“Since January, there’s been a huge incline in the team’s performance,” stated Maamria. “We were so deep at the bottom, but now we have been through a massive transition.

“It’s a credit to the players how quickly they have gelled, and we now have a huge run over the next few weeks where we get to test ourselves against some strong sides.”

A vital player in this run will be Deji Oshilaja, who is back available for selection after a three-game suspension. Deji has scored eight goals for the Brewers this season, having transitioned from a centre-half to a free-roaming midfielder in Maamria’s system.

Jasper Moon is unavailable for selection due to being ineligible to play against his parent club.

Bobby Kamwa could be back in contention, although he is not yet 100% fit.

Tom Hamer is expected to miss both Easter fixtures with the same hamstring injury that has seen him miss recent games.

Sam Winnall’s injury may not be as bad as previously feared; the striker could yet feature towards the latter stages of the season.


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