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MAAMRIA SAYS BACK-TO-BACK HOME GAMES ARE HUGE FOR THE BREWERS

9 March 2023

Club News

MAAMRIA SAYS BACK-TO-BACK HOME GAMES ARE HUGE FOR THE BREWERS

9 March 2023

DINO Maamria says back-to-back home games offer his team a chance to pull away from the bottom four and that his players are ready for the challenge.

The Brewers have only lost one of the last six home league games and have taken seven points from the last three with form at the Pirelli Stadium being a key factor in the effort to move up the table.

Albion now face Wycombe on Saturday and Peterborough on Tuesday, both teams with play-off aspirations.

Maamria said: “These are two huge games for us. There’s no running away from it. We have a real chance to climb up the table with these two home games starting on Saturday.”

The Brewers will look to bounce back from defeat at Ipswich last Saturday.

Maamria said: “The basics need to be our bread and butter and we didn’t do them well (at Ipswich) like we did at Bristol Rovers. This team hasn’t lost like that before. Ipswich are the best team in the league as they aren’t just technically good, they have top Championship level players. They have to have an off day for teams like ours to get something against them and when they play to their level that’s very hard.

“We have to play on the forefront with energy and aggression and do the basics really well. We have to defend really well, attack with numbers and take any chance we get to score goals.”

Maamria sees Saturday’s opponents Wycombe as a template for how the Brewers should play in League One.

Wycombe are again pushing for the play offs despite the other challengers being much bigger clubs.

Maamria said: “We want to replicate how they do things, because they do the basics really well. They are together, they run hard, they have total commitment. Doing the basics really well has put them right up there for a couple of seasons now. With time we want to create that kind of team.

“Wycombe aren’t the most technical team in the league, like Ipswich, or Sheffield Wednesday but they have their own way and they do it really well which is why they are seventh in the league.

“To win the game on Saturday we have to overcome that.”

The Brewers could be without Bobby Kamwa, Chris McCann and Sam Lavelle.

Maamria said: “Bobby has a hamstring problem so he’s doubtful, Sam has a slight problem with his shoulder. Chris had concussion but now has a problem with his calf but hopefully will be back soon.”


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