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24 August 2023

Club News


24 August 2023

DINO Maamria hopes that his Brewers team will again raise their game against one of the best sides in League One on Saturday.

Bolton are the visitors to the Pirelli and Maamria knows that after a shock drubbing by Wigan last week the visitors will be smarting and looking for a result.

Maamaria said: “We have a history of doing well and upsetting the bigger clubs and that’s what we will be looking to do again on Saturday. To do that we have to be right on top of our game.

Bolton are a top team, and they have quality players everywhere. They could field two teams and they would both finish in the top six. That’s how strong they are.

“Wigan were fortunate to score an early goal and that set the momentum of the game but that doesn’t change the fact that Bolton are a very good team.”

The Brewers are hoping for some good news on the injury front.

Josh Walker who has been out since pre-season is back in training and goalkeeper Jamal Blackman is getting back to fitness.

Maamria said: “These injuries have hampered us. We have had players in the wrong position, changing shape and it has been very difficult. It happens to every team at times in the season; it was just unfortunate that it happened to us at the start of the season.

“Josh is back on the grass and hopefully he is very close - next weekend if not this week. Jamal has missed a couple of days training, but he should be fine for Saturday. Tom Hamer remains touch and go. We gave him a week’s rest to look after his broken toe and we will have to see how he is tomorrow.

“Mason Bennett fell awkwardly in training and tweaked his neck so we will have to see how he is tomorrow.

“John Brayford is our warrior and has been playing with a swollen knee and we wouldn’t have played him all these games if we hadn’t had these injuries. We have given him a few days rest this week.”

Maamria is now hoping the team can build on the point picked up at Wycombe in the 0-0 draw last Saturday.

He said: “We got one or two players back and we looked totally different, solid and after the break we played mostly in their half.

“We had a few hairy moments in the first half, but Max (Crocombe) was brilliant. Every team has those moments in games and the good teams have players who step up in those moments and Max was fantastic for us when they had a couple of chances early on. If we had conceded, we could have ended up in the same predicament but because Max produced when he needed to that kept us in the game and gave us belief and confidence. That enabled us to dominate the second half and Mason (Bennett) was really unlucky not to score and John (Brayford) missed by inches.

“It was a performance worthy of three points, but it will happen and there were lots of positives – our first point on the board; an important first clean sheet and a lot to build on.”

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