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Maamria: "Give me more of the same"

7 December 2018

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The tough run of home games continues on Saturday as Stevenage take on second-placed Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium...

Having beaten two of the top three at home already this season, Dino Maamria says his side are relishing the challenge to make it three out of three.

“Beating MK, we had to be patient and be at our absolute best to win and on Saturday that will not change.

“It is a challenge for us again but we have been good at home and it is an opportunity again in front of our fans, and it is another opportunity we will relish.”

After 10 days off since Boro’s last game, Maamria feels his side are now primed to go again.

“I think we needed it (the rest). Looking at our squad we had a few missing through illness and injury for the last couple of games, so I think it has been a blessing.

“Ben Kennedy is back to full fitness, Danny Newton is back, Luther (James-Wildin) is back.

“There is no better time to bring them back than for Lincoln.

“We have got ourselves together, regrouped, rested and we are ready to go."

Billed as the pre-season favourites for the title and currently right on-track, the Imps are no doubt a strong outfit but Maamria says he is all clued-up.

“(Last Saturday) I went to watch Lincoln vs Carlisle. I know Lincoln pretty well but it is always good to go out there and see those players live because seeing team videos is never the same.

“Lincoln have been together for three years now and Danny Cowley has done well to assemble the squad he has assembled. We know that financially and with their support they are well-backed.

“Right now, in the form table, they have won once in six and we have won three in six. So, we are seventh in the form table and they are seventeenth.

“Whoever performs best will win the game and I am sure that Cowley will prepare his team to be at their best on Saturday because they know it is going to be a tough game here.”

Maamria sees this high-profile clash as a perfect way to redeem the loss at Swindon last time out.

“We have always been positive after a negative performance, we try to learn from it and move on quickly. It is not good to dwell on loses, we have moved on from that.

“It is always onto the next game and what better game than Lincoln at home.

“Nothing motivates us more than seeing our fans celebrating together like at the end of the MK Dons game and I have been sending the message to the players to give me more of the same.”

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