Stevenage boss Dino Maamria previews Norwich City at Carrow Road in the Carabao Cup first round: Our club is built on knock-out competitions
PUBLISHED: 10:57 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:13 14 August 2018
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Stevenage boss Dino Maamria has been speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Carrow Road to face Championship side Norwich City in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening. Read on for the full transcript of CometSport’s interview with him at Bragbury End.
Dino: A big game on Tuesday evening in the Carabao Cup, Carrow Road, Norwich City away looking forward to it?
Yeah of course, it’s a fantastic draw for us. We’ve never been there as a club, it’s the first time, the fans are looking forward to it, I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to challenging myself against a German manager who is very experienced and a good manager. I want our players to challenge themselves against better players, they’re very much looking forward to it.
Just in terms of Norwich City’s result on Saturday, obviously they lost 4-3 to West Brom do you think that’ll have a baring on how they play on Tuesday night?
Yeah I think so they played two games, they drew one and lost one. I’m sure their manager will be putting a strong team out to try and win a game to get their season going. We expect them to put their best team out and we’ll just worry about ourselves really, it’s a good test for us, we’re looking forward to the game.
Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has a reputation for his teams working hard, which is similar to your Stevenage team – are you looking forward to lining up against him?
I’ve seen the way they play they like to play possession based football, it’ll be a challenge for our players and German football is good, German managers are good and it’ll be a good challenge for me to test myself tactically against a Championship manager, I’ll relish it,
I’m looking forward to it so are our players. We’ll make sure we’ll stop them from playing the way they want to play and if we can do that we’ll we’ll give them a game.
You were asked on Saturday after the game at Crawley about what team you were going to play and played a dead bat – any movement on the the side to face the Canaries?
I’m going to put a strong team out, as always, it’s a game we want to win I love a cup competition, I want to go as far as we can in the cup, it means a lot to the club it’s a ninety minute game, it goes straight to penalties it’s a chance for us to go to the next round and get another big draw next round which will be huge for the town, we’ll be going all out to win it.
I think it’s good that from the supporters point of view that they’ve got a manager that wants to well in cup competitions as well and not see them as a hindrance...
This football club is probably built on cup competitions if you go back to 1998 against Newcastle in the FA Cup and Spurs, our history is based on cup competition and this training ground came from a cup run so I understand how important the cup competition is and if we get a Premier League draw either home or away it will be huge for the football club and that’s the vision that i’m telling the players – we could be going to Old Trafford, we could be going to one of those games, we are not far away from it and it’s probably easier to make it happen in this competition than the FA Cup.
There were 25,000 at Carrow Road, I know there probably will be fewer fans in attendance, but they’re still a very good outfit, they’re one of those teams that yoyo between the Premier League and the Championship, it should be a good atmosphere?
They’re a big club, they have history of the Premier League they are what they are, we focus on what we are, we are Stevenage and we’re going to go there and make sure we impose ourselves on the game and we play 11 against 11 and make sure we’re better prepared and tactically and physically better than them and that’s what I’ll prepare the team to do.
Any injuries from Saturday?
One or two are struggling a little bit but I think they’ll go through okay and we’ll make our mind up tomorrow.
Will Danny Newton be travelling with the squad?
No Danny Newton will be out, we think he has broken his rib - we don’t know yet – so he might be out for a week or two so he wont be travelling with the squad.
In terms of Saturday, it was a great performance, a great result in the second half, Stevenage are going to come into the game on Tuesday on a real roll won’t they?
Of course we want to build momentum, that’s why I want to approach every game in the same way, it will be fantastic to win tomorrow, and a win on Saturday would be three wins in a week, it looks fantastic it will uplift the club and give us the confidence to keep doing what we’re doing and go in the direction that we want. It’s a week we’re looking forward to and it’s great to have the result of Saturday we earned it, there’s a huge amount of improvement we need to do our game wasn’t as good as I’d like it to be but overall i think second half was very good for us it’s good we’re in the right direction.
The fans played a big part in Saturdays game of course with the joyous celebrations at the end, I heard there’s at least 250, 300 going which is good for Stevenage on a Tuesday night, waht’s your message for that loyal support?
It was good on Tuesday to see the players celebrating together that built the late drama and the winning games, I think that’s a good togetherness between us and the fans back together again, they enjoyed it and we loved it and tomorrow they will be in Carrow road for the first time so we’ll want to give them something to cheer about.