Stevenage boss Dino Maamria hails high-flying Boro after solid defensive display against Forest Green Rovers

PUBLISHED: 11:35 22 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:18 22 August 2018

Luther Wildin of Stevenage shoots on goal during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn.

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21/08/2018

Luther Wildin of Stevenage shoots on goal during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 21/08/2018

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Stevenage boss Dino Maamria has hailed his resolute side after they earned a hard-earned point in the goalless draw against Forest Green Rovers at New Lawn on Tuesday.

Stevevage gained a hard-fought point at Forest Green Rovers. CREDIT Martyn Haworth PhotographyStevevage gained a hard-fought point at Forest Green Rovers. CREDIT Martyn Haworth Photography

The draw saw high-flying Boro drop a place to fourth but the impressive rearguard performance and result was praised by the Tunisian-born 46-year-old manager.

Alex Revell of Stevenage during the Sky Bet League 2 match. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 21/08/2018Alex Revell of Stevenage during the Sky Bet League 2 match. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 21/08/2018

A full-blooded 90 minutes, high on endeavour but little end product, among the rolling hill of deepest Gloucestershire, saw Maamria visibly frustrated after a series of questionable challenges on his men that were deemed acceptable by referee Brett Huxtable.

Luther Wildin of Stevenage during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn.

Picture by Martyn Haworth.
21/08/2018Luther Wildin of Stevenage during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 21/08/2018

Maamria told CometSport: “I’m pleased with our performance. Forest Green Rovers are a tough team to play against.

Scott Cuthbert of Stevenage during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn.

Picture by Martyn Haworth.
21/08/2018Scott Cuthbert of Stevenage during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 21/08/2018

“I thought we looked solid and well-organised against a good side. I was frustrated with some of the challenges out there but we must move on.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn.

Picture by Martyn Haworth.
21/08/2018Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 21/08/2018

“We lost the fixture here last season so to get a point was a good result.”

Sports journalist, author and broadcaster Layth Yousif interviews Stevenage boss Dino Maamria at Forest Green Rovers. CREDIT Martyn HaworthSports journalist, author and broadcaster Layth Yousif interviews Stevenage boss Dino Maamria at Forest Green Rovers. CREDIT Martyn Haworth

The visitors could have even grabbed all three points against Mark Cooper’s side with Ben Kennedy and Johnny Hunt going close in the opening 45 minutes.

The Stevenage fans prior to the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn.

Picture by Martyn Haworth.
21/08/2018The Stevenage fans prior to the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 21/08/2018

James Ball had an excellent free-kick tipped over the bar by Green Devils’ keeper Robert Sanchez early in the second half but the side based in the village of Nailsworth could have won the game late on as they dominated proceedings with their athletic play and good movement on and off the ball – but the resolute Boro backline refused to buckle at the onslaught.

Stevenage Manager Dino Maamria with the traveling Stevenage fans prior to the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn.

Picture by Martyn Haworth.
21/08/2018Stevenage Manager Dino Maamria with the traveling Stevenage fans prior to the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 21/08/2018

Just after the hour mark the lively Archibald aimed a swerving drive at Farman, who showed good reflexes in tipping the ball over the ball.

The Stevenage team warm up ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn.

Picture by Martyn Haworth.
21/08/2018The Stevenage team warm up ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 21/08/2018

Alex Reid had a header cleared off the line by Doidge with 12 minutes remaining but the Green Devils should have gone ahead after a flowing move.

The New Lawn prior to the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn.

Picture by Martyn Haworth.
21/08/2018The New Lawn prior to the Sky Bet League 2 match between Forest Green Rovers and Stevenage at The New Lawn. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 21/08/2018

Right-back Liam Shephard powered down the flank before crossing firmly for substitute George Williams in the box – who headed over when well-placed, much to the disappointment of the home support in a crowd of 1,834, which included 102 hardy fans from Stevenage as battling Boro held on for a well-deserved point.

Boro face another long trip to the west country on Saturday when they take on Yeovil.

Maamria added: “I’m not sure who compiled our fixture list but to go to FGR on a Tuesday and then to travel to Yeovil is a tough ask.

“But we will be working hard again this week to try and get a result.”

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