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Maamria wary of Latics threat

2 November 2018

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After a comfortable victory at Cheltenham last-time out, Dino Maamria is eager to bring his player’s focus back to the task in hand on Saturday against Oldham...

A solid week of training, Steve Seddon’s impressive form and promotion aspirations are on the agenda as we spoke to the main man in charge.

“It’s always good to come in off the back of a win," Maamria said. "I think you can do a lot more work and the players can take a bit more because of the positivity around the place. They are willing to do more.”

Maamria praised last week’s goal-scorer, Seddon, but knows his player has plenty more to come.

“I think as a character, as a personality, he is a really good lad. He is great to work with, very coachable and willing to learn all the time.

“He is a good learner and he is learning.

“Sedds has got all attributes. He has got legs, he can run up and down the pitch, he can head it and defend one-on-ones, so he is quite adaptable and good cover for us. It is good to have him.”

Going into Saturday, Boro sit just two points outside of the play-offs having had a solid start to their first 16 games, but Maamria insists he isn’t thinking too far ahead.

“When you start a race you want to be amongst it.

“I think at the turn of the year is where promotion and things happen, but I am not focused on that at the moment. I just want to take it game-by-game and see where we are.”

When asked about his side’s failure to score at home in their last two league home games, Maamria did not appear worried.

“People have been telling me we are not scoring enough goals but I am not concerned about that because we have players that can score goals without a shadow of a doubt.

“As long as we keep certain habits defensively especially I am more concerned about not conceding first. If we do not concede goals we will win games.”

Getting back to winning ways at the Lamex will be of high importance for Maamria, but he has admitted Oldham will not be a simple task.

“They are a decent team. I have watched their last few games and they are lively, busy, they press teams and play on the front foot.

“Their last two games they have played against 10 men, so hopefully we can manage to have 11 men against them on Saturday.

“We want to entertain our fans and make sure they enjoy the game, enjoy the performance and enjoy the win. That is the plan on Saturday.”

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