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Maamria: "We are ready for a win"

23 August 2019

Dino Maamria says his team are on the right track to gain his first win of the 2019/20 season…

A goalless draw at Leyton Orient and an unfortunate home defeat to Bradford City in midweek has not dampened spirits in the dressing room, as Stevenage look to change their fortunes this weekend.

“I think we are ready for a win, off the back of the last two performances. At Orient away and Tuesday night, we did a lot right. We have got to make sure we keep doing those right things, and then add quality at both ends of the pitch. The goal we conceded on Tuesday night against Bradford was disappointing, we need to defend the corner better. On the other side of it, we need to be more clinical with our chances. I think we are on the right path.”

Dino Maamria’s squad has struggled with injuries in the first few weeks of the season, with a number of key players stuck in the physio room for the foreseeable future.

“We all know we have had a difficult start in terms of not just the calendar, but with the injuries we have had. I have been changing the team more than what I would like, but I think the performances have been better from the Southend game. The team are finding rhythm going forward.”

“It is difficult as a player when you put that much effort into Tuesday night dominating the game and doing all the right things, and it could not fall for us. You have got to stay positive, they are a positive group. They are excited to see that the work we have been doing is working.

“We are lacking that first goal, and when we get that goal I think we will get two or three.”

After one of the highlights of the season at Mansfield last time, Dino Maamria looks ahead to Saturday’s fixture this time round.

“It was a great day in the back end of the season. it is always a difficult place to go when they have seven or eight thousand fans there supporting them. We have got to worry about ourselves, and focus on what we have got to do, like we did last season, and try to dominate possession. Keep their crowd quiet, play on the front foot, and the play the game we are capable of playing.”

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REPORT: Mansfield Town 0-0 Stevenage

24 August 2019

Another point and another cleansheet on the road...

An injury ridden, youthful Stevenage team took home a point from Nottinghamshire after a solid and encouraging display in Mansfield. 

Dino Maamria made originally just the one change to his starting eleven from the defeat to Bradford City on Tuesday night. Kurtis Guthrie picked up a hip injury in training during the week, and was replaced new loan signing Charlie Lakin.

Prior to kick-off, Luis Fernandez was next to fall into the current crop of injured players, picking up his knock in the warm-up. Charlie Carter moved into the starting XI to play right wing-back, with Luther James-Wildin as the left sided centre half.

It was the hosts who had the first opportunity of the game, after CJ Hamilton drove down the left flank before drilling a low cross into Alex MacDonald. The midfielder really should have done better, but managed to slice his effort well wide of Paul Farman’s goal.

Minutes later, it was Mansfield again looking to open the scoring. Otis Khan’s wide free-kick from 30 yards found Danny Rose on the penalty spot, but after flicking the ball goal-bound with his head, Farman collected easily.

It took until the twelfth minute for Stevenage to have their first shot on target. A misunderstanding from the Mansfield back four let the ball creep through to Paul Taylor unmarked, but fired his effort straight at Conrad Logan in the Stags’ goal.

A couple of half chances for Tomlinson and Benning then followed, but Stevenage were in control of possession and in control of the game.

Loanee Charlie Lakin was certainly making an impact, with his non-stop running and ability to get in behind. A neat spin from the youngster set him up on the edge of the Mansfield box, before a defender bravely threw his body on the line to block the shot.

Ten minutes before half-time, Mansfield thought they were ahead. Ryan Sweeney popped up at the back post to stab home after the second attempt, and as the One Call erupted, the linesman’s flag arose. Much to the relief of Stevenage fans behind the goal.

Charlie Carter, filling in at right wing-back, looked dangerous down his side, and was continuing to cause problems for Mal Benning. After beating the left back and another, Carter broke through into the Mansfield box, but was cut out before causing any trouble.

Goalless at half-time, the game looked like it could go either way.

Mansfield started the second half better than they finished the first, keeping the ball and shooting on sight. CJ Hamilton’s half-volley was blocked by James-Wildin, then Jacob Mellis’ 30 yard strike flew over Paul Farman’s crossbar.

Dino Maamria made two changes in quick succession in the second period, with both Ben Kennedy and Arthur Iontton entering the fray for Paul Taylor and Noor Husin respectively.

Ben Kennedy’s presence seemed to lift the Stevenage players, who were looking more confident with the ball and always able to find a pass.

As Stevenage grew more self-assured, the chances started to come. Chris Stokes flew down the left wing before crossing into Charlie Carter at the back post, who found Ben Kennedy. After swapping the ball onto his stronger left-side, the attacker took a shot on goal, only to be comfortably saved by Logan.

A number of chances then fell for Mansfield as the home crowd became impatient, but Paul Farman was not letting anything into his net today. Danny Rose found himself in front of an open goal at the back post, but the Stevenage goalkeeper stood firm and reached a hand out of nowhere to deny the Mansfield striker.

Five minutes to go and a clumsy Chris Stokes tackle had Stevenage fans’ hearts in the mouths. Not sure what the referee had given, the man in the middle took his time to decide the foul occurred outside the box. Relief.

A matter of minutes later, James-Wildin was at the rescue this time, denying MacDonald a last minute winner with a block on the line.

Five minutes added time was no problem for Dino Maamria and his men, as they stood firm to see out a valuable point on the road.

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Tickets & Travel: Mansfield Town

21 August 2019

Tickets are on sale for Stevenage's upcoming away trip to Mansfield Town's One Call Stadium...

Boro head back to the scene of last season's memorable last-minute victory on Saturday 24th August 2019 for a 3pm kick-off.

Over 1000 travelling Boro fans have joined the team for the first two away games of the season, so book your tickets for Mansfield and help make it another memorable day out on the road.

Advance prices - which go off sale online and from the Club Shop at 4pm on Friday - can be found below:

  • Adults: £22
  • Senios (65+): £18
  • Young Adult (18-21): £16
  • Junior (7-17): £12
  • Under 6: Free of Charge

Tickets are available on the day from the One Call Stadium but prices rise by £2.50 per age category (except Under 6). There will be cash sales ONLY as there is no facility for card payments at the away end.

The admission price for disabled supporters (with a carer) is based upon their relevant age category with their carer admitted free of charge.

Travel:

The Supporters Association coach is departing the Lamex Stadium at 11am on the day of the match so please arrive with plenty of time to spare, in-order to ensure a timely departure. Tickets cost £20 for SA members and £25 for non-members.

To book a seat, please call John Carroll on 01438 814285 after 6pm or visit www.sfcsa.co.uk/home/travel.

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