DINO Maamria says that he’s not surprised by the success of his old club Stevenage in League One this season.
Steve Evans’ side are currently fourth in the table after gaining promotion from League Two last season and few people had them among the promotion contenders.
However, The Brewers manager expected Stevenage to be in the mix alongside the division’s big boys.
He said: “I’m not surprised by them although I think everyone else is. I know that team really well and I managed most of those players. They are a really good team, with good players who play with intensity, and that goes a long way. They have a winning machine going on there and it has been going that way for a long time. It will be a tough game no doubt about it and a lot of teams are having problems with them.
“They are a top six team and it’s not a coincidence they are up there. They play winning football, and we are all in the business of winning and finding ways to win.
“My kids have told me we have to beat them as they go to the same school as their fans. I spent 15 years there as a player, coach and manager but it would be nice for my kids to go to school and have the bragging rights.
“I know their players inside and out and I will pass that information on to my players.
“But it’s not about me, this game. My job is to prepare my team to put in a really good performance and hopefully cap it with a win.”
The Brewers received a midweek boost by progressing to the last 16 of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy after defeating Wrexham 3-2
Maamria said: "Tuesday was right up there with our best performances in terms of playing with the right tempo and intensity. Hopefully we can take that with us into Saturday.”
Deji Oshilja, Mark Helm and Bez Lubala were all taken off as a precaution on Tuesday with niggles.
Maamria said: “We have rested them today and we will see how they are tomorrow, but I expect them to be fine.”