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5 October 2023

DINO Maamria says consistency is key as his team aim to continue their five-game unbeaten run on Monday night against Cambridge United.

The Brewers came from a goal down to beat Wigan Athletic thanks to two goals from Joe Powell on Tuesday and Maamria is keen to keep consistency going against the U’s under the Pirelli lights.

“The mood is consistent. I think it’s really important in football when there’s loads of highs and lows and you’ve got to deal with those in the same way.

“I know it’s hard but we always try and stay grounded if we’re not in a good run of form. We have to always work hard, strive to be better and stay humble” he said.

Dino also iterated the importance of the players who haven’t been playing recently to his squad.

“The lads who have played recently have played a lot of minutes and the focus of today’s session has been on the lads who haven’t played recently and we have to keep them involved.

“We’ve been doing some really good work with them and they’ve enjoyed it and we’ve got to get them ready too as they’re as much part of the team as anyone else.

“I know what it’s like sometimes when you’re not in the team, you feel left out and it’s my job to ensure those lads stay in tune as well.

After a slow start to the season, the Brewers have gone five games unbeaten in all competitions and after conceding on the stroke of half time to a side who were relegated from the Championship last season, Maamria says his side’s comeback to win the game 2-1 is a huge statement.

“I can say what I always say and people can believe it or not but I work with this group day in, day out. I spend more time with this group then I do my own family. They’re a good group, we work really hard and all of us strive to get better. None of us are perfect and we’ll make mistakes I have no doubt about it but we have a Burton Albion group team that never lacks effort, endeavour and desire and will to win and we’re getting tough mentally as well.

“Some of the players have been here long enough to know it and the new players are learning that as well and Tuesday was the biggest marker of all of that. We didn’t start well in the first 10-15 minutes and we conceded at a pivotal part. We showed resilience to get through that and when we were on top of the game in the last half an hour, we camped in their half, played really good football and created chances.

“How the team reacted to going a goal behind was outstanding. We didn’t panic or start to go long ball too soon. We worked the ball in good areas. I like how we approached the second half and how we kept that persistence as well and it was brilliant to see us deservedly win the game” he said.

Despite the form, the squad still has a few injuries including Cole Stockton, Jasper Moon and John Brayford who recently underwent a successful operation on his recent injury.

Maamria said: “The three (Jasper Moon, John Brayford and Cole Stockton) will be out which is a shame because arguably those three would be in our starting eleven. It’s unfortunate and that’s why we’ve had to change and review the squad we have available and find a way to perform better and win games.

“Jasper Moon is still a couple of weeks away after twisting his ankle in the Fleetwood game. Cole Stockton trained on grass with the physios today so hopefully another 2-3 weeks and John Brayford had a operation successfully on Monday. Knowing Bray, he’s a soldier, he’ll be back in no time but a few weeks I think he’ll be away."

Monday's game kicks off at 8pm and tickets are available to purchase here.

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