Stevenage boss Dino Maamria hails ‘different class’ Boro after Colchester United triumph

PUBLISHED: 20:03 06 October 2018 | UPDATED: 20:31 06 October 2018

Emmanuel Sonupe of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Emmanuel Sonupe of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Stevenage boss Dino Maamria was delighted with a spectacular turnaround performance as Boro sunk Colchester United 3-1 at the Lamex on Saturday.

Manager of Stevenage FC Dino Maamria before the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOManager of Stevenage FC Dino Maamria before the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Boro’s third home win in a row saw them boosted to fifth in League Two, as Maamria’s side put a disappointing 1-0 loss at Exeter City on Tuesday behind them.

Goals from Kurtis Guthrie, Ben Kennedy and Emmanuel Sonupe cancelled out Sammie Szmodics’ first minute tap-in for a well deserved three points.

Michael Timlin of Stevenage takes the camera of club photographer Jim Steele during celebrations of their third goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOMichael Timlin of Stevenage takes the camera of club photographer Jim Steele during celebrations of their third goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Speaking after the game, Maamria said: “It was different class.

“After the first 25 minutes we were fantastic. We played at a high tempo, attacked on the front foot, passed the ball well, defended with resilience and billiance.

Emmanuel Sonupe of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOEmmanuel Sonupe of Stevenage celebrates his goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

“We could have scored six or seven and no one could have complained. We were relentless.

“When we don’t do well I criticise the experienced players but today I have to say they were brilliant. They managed the game so we stayed in it, then we could go and win it.”

Emmanuel Sonupe of Stevenage makes it 3-1 to Stevenage FC  in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOEmmanuel Sonupe of Stevenage makes it 3-1 to Stevenage FC in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Conceding after just one minute hinted at a tough afternoon for Boro, who struggled to settle as the crowd grew frustrated with their lack of forward play.

However, their Moroccan boss was impressed with his player’s response, and commitment to their new style of play.

Ben Kennedy of Stevenage celebrates scoring his penalty in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOBen Kennedy of Stevenage celebrates scoring his penalty in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Maamria said: “I always say in the dressing room, things happen, we have to react to it.

“We want to pass the ball and play from the back, I know this football club isn’t familiar with it.

Ben Kennedy of Stevenage scores a penalty after Steve Seddon was fouled in the box in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOBen Kennedy of Stevenage scores a penalty after Steve Seddon was fouled in the box in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

“We want to play good football and win games. Even after the goal we conceded we kept doing that.

“Look at Manchester City, it even took Pep Guardiola a year or two years to play his type of football. But I’m not Pep Guardiola and we haven’t got the same players. What I’m saying is, it’ll take time to get to grips with how we want to play.”

Steve Seddon of Stevenage runs at the defence and gets a shot on goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOSteve Seddon of Stevenage runs at the defence and gets a shot on goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Colchester United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Both Alex Revell and Guthrie had to leave the field in the second-half with injuries, and Maamria - who lamented the lack of protection for his players from the officials - said Revell was in hospital with a suspected broken finger, while Guthrie had dislocated his shoulder.

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