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
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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.
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.
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.
Maamria told CometSport: “I’m pleased with our performance. Forest Green Rovers are a tough team to play against.
“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.
“We lost the fixture here last season so to get a point was a good result.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”