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Maamria: "We have got to sharpen our focus"

1 March 2019

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Dino Maamria has welcomed the Chairman’s appeal for external investment into the football club as a way of helping drive the team forward and up the leagues...

The boss says that the club must aim high but no matter what happens, he will continue to work with lofty ambitions.

“It is no secret that what we give is what we get and with the teams that we competing against, there are some big spenders there. Everybody knows what we are and we compete in a big league with big, big spenders and if an investment were to come in to help us move onto the next level, I think that would be fantastic.

“That is what we aim for, we have got to keep going forward. I think with the infrastructure that we have got, with an investment, we can go all the way.

“Money makes life a bit easier because you can go and recruit the best players. But for me, I have got to work with what I have got, whether I have got a small budget or big budget I have got to go and win football matches. Winning is not easy, so my focus is always on trying to win football matches.”

Sloppy goals gifted Northampton victory last weekend and Maamria says that it is imperative his side gets back to winning ways.

“We have got to sharpen our focus, we have got to work a little bit more on our mentality, as a team and that is what we have been doing this week. I think it has been a good week, we have learnt from it because it is, what it is, we lost the game, we are where we are. What we have got to do now is we have got to make sure that we bounce back on Saturday.

“I do not want to take it for granted but we are a responsive team. We will have a good performance and then follow it up with a not-so-good performance and that has been the story of our season. I have been working on that side of it, it is mentally I think. I think to win again and again, you have got to keep doing more.

"If you have a good performance you can not take that performance for granted. You have got to do more than in your previous performance to win again and I am working with the players in that aspect.”

As expected, much of the talk surrounding the Latics in recent weeks has been regarding the high-profile appointment of Manager Paul Scholes. Maamria says that although he respects the Manchester United legend, all of his focus is on trying to beat his side.

“Managers are managers, I think every manager just focuses on his team and focuses on winning the match and that is no different with me. It is about who I am playing , I am not playing Paul Scholes on the sideline, I am playing the Oldham team and we have just got to make sure that we are much, much better than last Saturday. If we replicate the Lincoln game, we might not win the game, we have got to do more than what we did at Lincoln. That is what the focus has been on this week, there are going to be battles, we know what they are going to give but it is about what we are going to give on the day. That is what we have been focusing on and I am sure we are going to respond well on Saturday to last week’s disappointment.

“I have seen Oldham play a few times. A few weeks ago I watched them against MK Dons and they played well. Okay, they lost on the night but they did not deserve to lose. They have got some good players, some League One players and a League One budget and just because we are above someone in the table, does not mean that we are going to win the game. What it means in we have got to use our resources and we have got to perform on the day to make sure we beat them. It is going to be a tough game, they are not bad at home, they get 4 or 5 thousand supporters behind them and we have got to perform well."

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