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MAAMRIA WANTS SQUAD TO BE READY FOR TWO BIG GAMES

9 November 2023

DINO Maamria says that he expects Northampton Town to perform better than their recent results as the Brewers travel to Sixfields for Saturday’s League One game.

Northampton haven’t won a league game since October 3 and on Saturday were dumped out of the FA Cup by Barrow, but the Brewers manager says that poor run of results can be deceptive.

“I’ve watched their last five games and I expect to see the best version of Northampton on Saturday. They have had a couple of performances that weren’t great but also a couple that were really good. They can mix it but if you allow them to play they can play. They went to Bristol Rovers and played good football and dominated the game.

“We expect them to be at it from the start and looking to bounce back and they have one or two players back from injury so I’m prepared for the best version of their team.”

Maamria made changes at Doncaster in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy on Tuesday to give some players a much-needed breather and to give others game time.

He said: “We have two massive games on Saturday and Tuesday against Northampton and Port Vale and we need the squad ready. We have all the physical data, and we make sure the players are fresh going into the games.

“We have a break a week on Saturday, and we want to go into that with positive results. We want three points at Northampton to get us back into winning ways, but we are in a good spot.”

There is good news for the Brewers on the injury front with key players edging closer to fitness.

Sam Hughes could be in the squad for Northampton while John Brayford and Kwadwo Baah are targeting the Peterborough fixture on November 25 for their potential return.

Maamria said: “We also have Bobby Kamwa back with the group training today. I’m hoping by the Peterborough game we will have the skipper back. Sam, we will see how he is tomorrow.”


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