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"Game of the Season"

21 April 2019

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Jim Steele

Following Good Friday’s 4-1 win at Port Vale, attention for Dino Maamria and his Stevenage players quickly switched to Easter Monday’s home game against Exeter City…

The Grecians head to the Lamex Stadium just two points better off than Boro and crucially, occupying the seventh-and-final Play-Off spot, with just three games remaining.

Three wins in a row has thrust Stevenage back into the promotion conversation and Dino Maamria believes his side are a match for any team in their current form.

“We are in a good place. We have his peak form hopefully at the right time and we have momentum, so who knows?

“Momentum is a big thing in football but we have got to make sure now we have a couple of days to prepare ourselves for what is probably ‘game of the season.’

“Our mentality before the game was that it was a must-win game. We did that and that is another good sign from the players – when I put pressure on them they responded in the right way. Monday is the same - yes our feet will be on the ground and we will be focused on finding a way to beat Exeter on Monday.

“I don’t think teams would like to play against us at this stage of the season. We have scored 9 in 3 games, conceded 1. We are in a brilliant place, creating a lot of chances as well so we have to keep focused on the next game and look after them physically.”

Emmanuel Sonupe, who scored a brilliant brace in the victory at Port Vale, echoed the same sentiments about Monday’s ‘massive’ game.

“We have got a bit of momentum now and won our last three, so we are just going to try and take that into Monday and see where we end up by the end.

“It is a massive game. We know what we have to do, we are going to try as much as possible to keep it going and put in a performance like the last three games.”

Ilias Chair has been a huge part of the team’s success during the second half of the season ever since signing on-loan from QPR. His goals, assists and overall play has wowed the Stevenage faithful time after time an he says that he ‘can’t wait’ for Monday’s game.

“Three games, three massive games. We have to manage it the right way but I think Monday is the most important game of the season for everyone. We will see how we do but I think we are ready for it. Let’s get to Monday, can’t wait for it.

“We have to win the game, that is it.”

Tickets for Easter Monday's match vs Exeter City are available from just £15 for Adults and £5 for Kids, both in-advance or from the stadium on the day of the game.

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