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Maamria: "We are very ambitious"

25 January 2019

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This Saturday Stevenage face a sixth-placed Forest Green Rovers side with only one loss in their last eight league fixtures...

Although the opposition are coming into the game in red-hot form, Maamria's men aren't doing too badly either, with 4 wins from the last 6 games. 

With both sides in the thick of the promotionc hase, Maamria says that although tomorrow's clash is an important one, it is not one that will be decisive to either teams season.

“They are a very good team, one of the best teams we have played in this division. We have got to be prepared. At the end of the day it is about us and what we do, focus on our players and our approach to the game has got to be good.

“We know that this is a game we can get to top 7 if we win it. We are definitely in the mix. If you asked me at the start of the season ‘would you take where we are right now?’, I would have snapped your hand off.

“This Saturday doesn’t decide where we are - win, lose or draw we are still in the mix. It is about what we do from now until the end of the season. We have got a chance to create something unbelievable. From the position we were at the end of last season to be in contention now is brilliant for the football club."

For the man-in-charge, outside perceptions of the football club are none of his concern, knowing that his side will have to punch well above their weight in-order to be successful this season.

“We have our own expectations in the dressing room and as a football club we are very ambitious.

“We have always got to overachieve to achieve things. We did that in the past and we have got to overachieve again to be successful in the future, we know that.

“We have got to attack them. Forest Green like to have the ball. We know how they are going to play, we know what team they are going to pick.

“We have to deny them the football, we will dominate possession and we have got to go on the front foot like we do against these top teams.”

Recent fitness issues have threatened to derail the progess of the squad in recent weeks but the boss is optimisitic about the potential return of some key names.

“Dan Newton has been off the training ground, Joel Byrom has been off the training ground. Revs (Alex Revell) has been doing little bits, Ben Kennedy has been off the training ground.

"We have got the same three or four players that have been struggling the last couple of weeks but we will manage them in this free week, try and patch them up and hopefully one or two will be available on Saturday.”

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