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Maamria: "We are going to need our fans massively"

18 November 2018

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Video & Quotes from the boss as focus switches to facing MK Dons on Saturday...

Dino Maamria was left frustrated and disappointed following Stevenage’s 4-0 defeat at Bury on Saturday.

A red card for Kurtis Guthrie on 40 minutes after a rash challenge by the centre-forward conspired to make a tough game even harder for Maamria’s side, a challenge too far for 9th placed Stevenage.

“It was a difficult afternoon, that is for sure. In the first half I was amazed by some of the decisions. That is the problem when you come to places like this with the fans behind them. We would like the officials to be strong.

“Styles had a two footed challenge against Hunty right on the edge of the box, clear red card. And then he gives the red card to Guthrie and you are thinking, ‘wow’.

“If you go down to ten men against a good Bury side, who spent the last three years in League One with some very good players at their level, they are always going to hurt you and they did that.”

Despite the obvious disappointment, Maamria looked towards positives from the outing as his team gave their all throughout the game against top opposition.

“There were some good performances as well. Some players put their bodies on their line, Joel and Timlin did well in the middle of the park against an overload and we ran very hard as a team. The centre backs and the back four defended pretty well. All the goals came from the edge of the box and sometimes you can’t do anything about that.

“They have got very good ball players. Danny Mayor is probably the best player in the league, Jay O’Shea is as good as there is and their front two as well.

“It has been a difficult week. It is the first time this season that we have so many injured players. We had too many changes to the team that we have been picking. We have been in good form in the league, winning two and drawing one of the last three league games and Bury is always a difficult place to come anyway, so to have those four or five injured this week has been tough for us.”

It doesn’t get any easier as next up is top-of-the-league MK Dons on Saturday, but comfort can be taken from a return home where Stevenage boast one of the best home records in the division.

“They are top of the league and it will be a good game for us to bounce back. We don’t like losing, especially our league games, so it is a game we will get ourselves together for. Hopefully we get one or two bodies back and we get back on the front foot. Hopefully we will get everybody back at the Lamex supporting us.

“Next week we are going to need our fans with us massively.”

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