Stevenage boss Dino Maamria delights in victory over Newport: It was our best performance yet – I love every Boro fan
PUBLISHED: 11:39 08 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:15 08 April 2018
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Stevenage boss Dino Maamria has been left delighted with his side’s gritty 1-0 victory over Newport County AFC at Rodney Parade.
His side triumphed through a 42nd minute Chris Whelpdale header which sealed the win that featured solid defending and no little flair in front of a passionate crowd of 4,007 including 102 loyal away fans from North Herts.
The win was the club’s second on the bounce and Maamria now has seven points from the last nine as boss.
Speaking after the match he said: “I loved it. I love winning. It’s hard work of course. You produce a gameplan as a manager and you work your players hard during the week and you hope come matchday they will produce.
“Our players were different class out there. They played the pitch well. I thought we were brilliant and we should have scored two or three. We should have been more clinical.
“It was definitely our best performance since I’ve been back. We’re getting better in terms of possession and off the ball – they were quite a big team and they put us under pressure but we held on.
“Newport start well but fade. Our gameplan was to stay in the game early on and gain a foothold as the match progressed.”
Maamria also had a word for the dedicated fans who made the trip across the Severn Bridge as well as the ones back home.
He hailed their passion, saying: “I thank every one of the [102 fans] for coming and supporting us. I love every one of our fans. I’m really glad we gave them three points to celebrate.”
The win also marked his third match in a row with the same starting XI after grabbing a hard-earned point at Blundell Park against Grimsby Town on Good Friday, along with the spectacular 4-1 victory over Barnet on Easter Monday.
He explained his thinking behind the stability saying: “I’m not someone who chops and changes because if you do that it unsettles the team. If you pick a team you’ve got to stick by it.
“This week I’ve been talking to the squad and I’ve told them to bear with me. I know I’ve got a [team selection] problem as Matty Godden is on the bench. Ben Wilmot is at home. To see improvement in the team you’ve got to stick with the team.
“The plan is to do the basics very well, show resilience, a will to win, put in good performances and climb the table playing good football. That’s what we’re trying to build for next season.”
He confirmed there was nothing further to add about Ben Wilmot – set to be the club’s first £1 million transfer sale and had left it to chairman Phil Wallace to deal with.
Premier League suitors Manchester City are set to spark a bidding war for the services of the talented Wilmot who made his debut for England U19s last month.