Stevenage boss Dino Maamria: I need to strengthen my squad

PUBLISHED: 16:03 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 28 November 2018

Manager of Stevenage FC Dino Maamria on the touchline in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Milton Keynes at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Manager of Stevenage FC Dino Maamria on the touchline in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Milton Keynes at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Stevenage boss Dino Maamria has warned his squad he is not afraid to bring in new players when the January transfer window opens – in a bid to prevent hemorrhaging points after another poor start cost his side the game against Swindon Town on Tuesday evening.

The Robins beat Boro 3-2 in an end-to-end match high on attacking intent at the County Ground as Maamria’s men failed to build on an impressive victory over Saturday’s table-toppers Milton Keynes.

Two goals in the opening five minutes from Swindon academy graduates Sol Pryce and Scott Twine shocked the visitors early on.

Talented teen Pryce won’t forget his league debut in a hurry after firing home after only 18 seconds prior to his 19-year-old colleague doubling the lead.

Scott Cuthbert pulled a goal back on 14 minutes before the 18-year-old Pryce grabbed a second before half-time which stalled Boro’s momentum.

Midfielder Joel Byrom fired home with 12 minutes left as Stevenage hunted an improbable equaliser given the start they made to this entertaining League Two clash.

However the home side held on to claim the points to leave Maamria frustrated again by a poor start by his team.

Speaking after the match a desperately disappointed Maamria told CometSport: “We certainly have to strengthen if we are going to achieve something this season. What you can’t do is go away from home and give away two goals in six minutes. What we have learned is we’re a very reactive team.

“We react to things rather than being proactive. We keep coming back from losing positions, going behind to come back in games. We can do that, but we can’t do it away from home.

“You can’t give a team, a club like Swindon – with the [support of their] fans two goals in six minutes and expect something out of the game.”

Maamria made one change from the weekend with Luke Wilkinson coming in for the suspended Ben Nugent but believes a lack of depth in the squad is harming his side’s promotion challenge.

He added: “It was a brilliant effort on Saturday, a big win against the leaders. I should’ve changed personnel [against Swindon] but I don’t have the depth in the squad to make the changes.”

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