Stevenage boss Dino Maamria: Cheltenham will be difficult opponents

PUBLISHED: 10:47 27 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:47 27 October 2018

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

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

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Dino Maamria has been speaking to CometSport ahead of Stevenage’s trip to Cheltenham. Read on for what he said.

Stevenage boss Dino Maamria wants his team to show their qualities after a three-game winless streak away when they travel to Cheltenham on Saturday.

Boro have only picked up one point from nine after losses to Newport at Rodney Parade and Crewe at the Lamex and wants his side to get back to winning ways in the west country.

The Boro boss was again disappointed after his team rued missed chances against Port Vale on Tuesday and wants his squad to be more clinical.

He said: “We took a lot of positives from the last few games, if we improve our game in the final third then we will be a fantastic team.

“Ever since the Cambridge game, I want to play more football, no slow build-up play and I want us to be on the front foot. We haven’t scored as many goals as we would’ve liked to but it’s a process and I’m not worried about that.

“As a defence we are solid, we stay in games and we keep clean sheets. Going forward we create a lot of chances which is never a bad thing because in a minute things can click and we can start scoring.”

Cheltenham go into the game in a lowly 23rd place with three draws and two losses in their last five games under Michael Duff who previously managed Burnley U23s before replacing Gary Johnson in August.

The Tunisian added: “Cheltenham will be a very difficult game, they are second from bottom and they have a new manager who is trying to implement his ideas. His team will play a certain way but that will take some time.”

Maamria confirmed Alex Reid is injured with Danny Newton is a doubt while Ronnie Henry is still out”.

Doubts remain over whether Ben Kennedy will feature after being disciplined for his show of petulance against Crewe which earned Maamria’s displeasure writes Layth Yousif.

Maamria refused to confirm if Kennedy had been fined and made to train with the academy youngsters claiming it was an internal matter but a source connected to the club confirmed to CometSport that was the case.

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