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Maamria: "I know what we will be facing"

16 November 2018

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After being stretchered off due to a bang to the neck at Plymouth last Saturday, Steve Seddon has spent the week at parent club, Birmingham City.

The news out of the Trillion Trophy Training Centre has been all positive, but Dino Maamria says that the young full-back is still a doubt ahead of Saturday's game at Bury.

"He is okay. He is a doubt for Saturday but he has been monitored this week and hopefully he will be fine", Maamria said.

"He went to Hospital, just as a precaution really. He got a knock to the back of his neck and we just want to make sure he is alright. Birmingham City have been looking after him this week and hopefully he will be back with us tomorrow."

Seddon isn't the only doubt for Saturday's game. Newton, James-Wildin, Henry and Kennedy are all possible absentees.

"We have not got the biggest depth, but it is what it is. We have been good so far with injuries this season, we have not had many. The core of the players have been fit. It is just unfortunate this there have been some injuries this week. We will find a team that can go there and get a positive result at Bury.

"A smaller squad can mean a more focused squad."

Maamria admits that last Saturday's Cup defeat to Plymouth took him and his players a little time to get over, but now the group is fully focused on league success.

"That is gone. I was gutted last Saturday and Sunday, it took a day to get over it. We can now analyse it, look at it and learn from it. It was a cruel way to lose an FA Cup tie but we will move on from it.

"I have got a good dressing room, there is a lot of experience there. The coach was very sad on the way back which is good sometimes. I have been on coaches where losing does not seem to matter to them, but it matters a lot to the lads. It was a long journey and a very quiet and tired coach. But we had a really good training session on Monday and now we are onto the next game."

The weekend's fixture see's two in-form sides go head to head and with just two points between Stevenage and Bury, Maamria expects a competitive game all over the pitch. 

"We are in good form in the league. Bury are a good team, evolving as well. They have hit good form and are good at home, with good attacking players. Arguably Danny Mayor is one of the best players in the league. If we manage to stop him, we will do well to stop the whole team.

"It is another long trip. We know what to expect from them but we will have to be at our best.

"I think their attacking threat is clear to see. The front two are quite a handful, and the wide players. The way they play is to try and dominate possession. I know what we will be facing and we just have to be at our best.

"We are three points off third. We can build on that and we will get better, that is what is important. We never get carried away, it is always onto the next game. Bury is going to be a very tough game."


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