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Maamria: "Embrace our town"

21 September 2018

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Video & Quotes from the boss ahead of Saturday's game...

  • On the Residents Letter campaign…

“It was good. A good turnout from the players to be fair to them. It is something we have been talking about for a while since I took the job. Stevenage is a big town, and there is a lot of competition in terms of Spurs, Arsenal, West Ham fans, I see them all the time.

"It feels like (some) Stevenage people are almost ashamed to be fans of Stevenage Football Club. I see them in restaurants and coffee shops and they would rather be associated with Arsenal, West Ham or Spurs than Stevenage. It is about time that changed.

"We live in Stevenage, we should support Stevenage, embrace our town. Not just that, we took the initiative as a football club to go out to them, rather than wait for them to come to us.

"Yes, my job is to produce good, winning, attractive football on the pitch, but that’s not enough. We have to go there to make sure we engage with the community and hopefully we will bring them in numbers."

  • On a good attacking performance last time out...

“It works both ways. Before Saturday, we thought our back four were doing alright, keeping clean sheets. But then on Saturday, they get three free goals we concede, and we score three great goals. Now you think we have got to work on the back.

"We have got to work on the team, we have got to work in possession and out of possession. The are the two big parts of the game that we keep on working. This week, we were back to the drawing board in terms of building the same habits in possession.”

  • On facing Grimsby…

"It is too early to judge anybody at this time in the season. Grimsby can say we are in a fortunate position where we are, we have picked up 12 points whilst learning.

"Grimsby have struggled to do that. They have got a new manager, more or less a new squad as well, it is not easy. I feel for them, I feel for him. They have got a new team, he is building and he is finding it difficult. It is always a dangerous opponent because they will be determined more than ever not to lose their fifth game on the bounce."

"But, we have got to focus on us rather than the opposition. Notts County last week had been in poor form but they were determined to do it right. We had to work very hard for the point. This weekend, what matters is that it is a home game for us, it is a game we know we can win, but we have to be at our best to win it. We have got to make sure we are best at all aspects of the game."

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