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DINO MAAMRIA EXPECTS A TOUGH TEST AGAINST 'DANGEROUS' PORT VALE IN FA CUP FIRST ROUND

3 November 2023

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DINO MAAMRIA EXPECTS A TOUGH TEST AGAINST 'DANGEROUS' PORT VALE IN FA CUP FIRST ROUND

3 November 2023

Ahead of the FA Cup first round tie away at Port Vale on Saturday, Dino Maamria has stressed that his players need to be ready for another tight game at Vale Park.

"We're playing against a team that we know pretty well, a team that's our level and it's going to be a big game for both clubs.

"It's a local rival so it will be another Derby game, we know our fans will travel in numbers and it's a game we're looking forward to," Maamria said.

Despite a very busy November schedule, the Brewers boss is fully focused on the FA Cup and is ready to play his strongest available side to win the game.

"We're going to play our best team no doubt about it, but we know that we've got six injuries that are going to hit us really hard. But we'll play our strongest team and try to make a team that is ready to win the game."

"We know how big their pitch is, we know what system they play and we're more familiar with their players. But we also know that they are a very dangerous team, they like to throw bodies forward and they were fantastic the other night against Mansfield."

Both sides have struggled with injuries at some point this season, but Maamria expects the Vale to have some of their big names back in the side.

"Just like we suffered from injuries in at the start of the season, they've suffered from injuries in these last six weeks, but you look at the teamsheet now and all of those key players are back in the team."

Despite being drawn to one of the highest ranked sides in the competition at this stage, the Brewers boss says he prefers playing agaisnt known opposition as they Brewers know what they're coming up against.

"The good thing is I'd rather play a team that we know rather than a team that can be dangerous when you don't know how they're going to play. I remember last year, preparing for Needham Market more than any game before because I don't know them, I don't know their players and how they play. 

"So least we're playing a team we know, in our league and we played them a few weeks ago so we know their players and what they like to do," he said.


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