Stevenage boss Maamria delighted after Newton makes goalscoring return to Boro side

PUBLISHED: 09:02 24 March 2019

Danny Newton of Stevenage celebrates opening the scoring in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Mansfield Town at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Danny Newton of Stevenage celebrates opening the scoring in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Mansfield Town at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Stevenage boss Dino Maamria described Danny Newton’s early return from injury as a ‘huge boost’ after the striker scored in Boro’s 2-2 draw with Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose on Saturday afternoon.

Manager of Stevenage FC Dino Maamria speaks to The Comet's Layth Yousif before the League Two game against Milton Keynes. Picture: DANNY LOOManager of Stevenage FC Dino Maamria speaks to The Comet's Layth Yousif before the League Two game against Milton Keynes. Picture: DANNY LOO

The 28-year-old came on at half-time with the score at 1-1, and it took him just seven minutes to get on the scoresheet with a smart finish inside the penalty area.

Newton was expected to miss the rest of the season following an ankle operation in early February, but he has returned well ahead of schedule, much to the delight of his manager.

“It’s a huge boost for us,” said Maamria.

“This club has lost the top two scorers from the last two seasons in Matt Godden, who went to Peterborough and Danny Newton, who has missed a lot of this season.

“It’s been a big ask for us. Revs playing too many games as we’d like him to, but to be fair he’s put in a shift every time I’ve given him a shirt.

“We’ve been lacking Danny Newton, he came on today and you’ve seen what he can do. He had half a chance and he put it in the back of net. That’s what we’ve been missing.”

Before Newton’s introduction, Elliot Durrell had given Macclesfield the lead in the 42nd minute, but Ben Nugent equalised just two minutes late with a header.

Ben Nugent of Stevenage in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Yeovil Town at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOBen Nugent of Stevenage in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Yeovil Town at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Maamria described centre-back Nugent as ‘immense’, but thinks the former Cardiff City man will be disappointed with Danny Whitaker’s 93rd minute leveller.

“Ben Nugent has been fantastic. He’s grown as a player, as a person,” said the Stevenage boss.

“He was immense today. I thought him and Cuthbert were spot.

“They will probably look at the second goal today and think they should deal with the cross better, but overall he was superb. He deserved his goal.”

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