Stevenage boss Dino Maamria: We have got to be at our best against Lincoln

PUBLISHED: 19:10 06 December 2018 | UPDATED: 19:10 06 December 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 been speaking ahead of his side’s eagerly-awaited League Two clash with Lincoln City at the Lamex on Saturday.

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 LOOManager 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

The charismatic 46-year-old Tunisian is looking forward to the match against the Imps who sit in second place in the table on 38 points, only seven points ahead of Boro in ninth place.

The Lamex saw leaders Milton Keynes beaten 3-2 in a dramatic game last month and Maamria is relishing the chance to lower the colours of the Sincil Bank outfit led by Danny Cowley.

Speaking ahead of the fixture against a Lincoln side that has only won one of their previous five matches, losing one and drawing three, Maamria issued a rallying cry to his team and supporters.

He said: “We have got to be at our best, it is a challenge for us. We have been good at home, and this is another opportunity in front of our fans.

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 LOOManager 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

“I am sure there is going to be fantastic support on Saturday, it is an opportunity we are going to relish on Saturday.

“Lincoln have been together for three years now,

“Cowley has done well to assemble the squad he has assembled. We know that financially and by their supporters that they are a well backed football club.”

The Imps will be looking for their first away win since the middle of October, and are staffed with a number of former Boro players including Michael Bostwick, Bruno Andrade, Jamie McCombe and Tom Pett to add extra spice to the match.

Stevenage head into Saturday’s game boosted by a timely 11 day break without a game as the FA Cup second round took place last weekend.

Maamria’s men boast good home form with back-to-back wins at Broadhall Way by the score of 3-2 as home supporters savour plenty of attacking football and excitement.

Level on points with seventh place, Boro can leap-frog their play-off rivals with a win and could move up to as high as fifth by Saturday evening.

“We know we have to overachieve to be successful, but right now if you look at the form table,” said Maamria, adding: “they have won one in six and we have won three in six. We are seventh in the form table and they are 17th. That is the team we are going to play on Saturday.

“They are second, we are ninth, but whoever performs on the day is going to win the game. Cowley will prepare his team the best for Saturday because he knows it is going to be a tough game here.”

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