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Maamria Ready For Boxing Day Clash

26 December 2019

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After a much needed three points at the weekend the Head Coach is looking to build on that over a crucial busy festive schedule.

After from coming behind to Crawley, Maamria explained that winning always makes the following days that bit more enjoyable, but remains focused on the task in hand.

"Well my wife loved having me home this weekend, I had a great Sunday with my kids and it helped because I liked getting the win on Saturday.

"It's been a good weekend, we've enjoyed it and now we're back in working hard and know we've got another huge game on Boxing Day."

Playing against a side he knows well, despite having a change in Manager back in October, Maamria is looking to head into the game a different way.

"I look at it differently. In the first nine games the football club took the average of 0.7 points per game before my arrival and since I came here we're averaging 1.4 points per game, which is a huge turnaround.

"When you look at the form table we're seventh and picked up twelve points from seven games so we're definitely heading in the right direction.

"What I look at is what I've discussed with the players is the opportunity we have. We've got Morecambe away and then Salford and Scunthorpe at home."

He added: "The challenge is bit-by-bit can we see us winning those three games, yes. Well how are we going to do that and if we do certain things that we've been doing well in the last few games we can win everyone of those games.

"But what we've got to do is, take it one game at a time. But the possibilities are endless, I think we can win those first three fixtures first but we have to be very good and if we do that at the turn of the New Year it'll be a totally different picture."

His first game in charge as Latics boss was against Morecambe and is excited by the test his side face.

"It's a great game for us. I'm sure Morecambe will be well up for it especially after their win against Newport as well with a new Manager coming in.

"I think they'll be a on a high, we're also on a high and it should be a good game.

"Our fans will come over in numbers like they have done at Carlisle and Mansfield and similar games.

"All we need to make sure is we give them a really good performance that the club can be proud of. It'll be quite a feisty affair, we'll be ready for it as Morecambe is never an easy place to go but we'll make sure we're ready for it."

With the progression and positive steps forward the Head Coach is pleased overall with how he has managed to turn things around ahead of a big month in the New Year as the transfer window opens.

"When you come in during a difficult period like I inherited and with the squad of players we have, with what we've got, my job was always to get these players fitter, get them more organised and more motivated and anybody who has been watching us will have seen a lot of those three things.

"Now picking up points is really important and what we've got to do now is let's make sure we finish 2019 as strong as possible.

"We know January is important window for us and hopefully we'll get one or two quality additions to add what we've already got and that'll give us a good chance of finishing the season as strong as possible."

The club has had a torrid run over recent years unable to find three points on Boxing Day and away from that Maamria knows the passionate fanbase deserve something this Christmas after their backing during the good and bad times.

"It's harder for the fans, our fans have been fantastic and during this period it can cost them a lot. 

"With the 500 plus travelling to Morecambe it'll cost them a lot as well with their kids and everybody else, we're just doing our jobs and doing what we have to do and what we get paid to do.

"It's more for those fans because they don't have to do that and they spend hard-earned money to come to watch and support us.

"We know it's our jobs to make sure we make our fans happy, our club happy and our owners happy who are paying our wages and we've got to make sure we deserve our wages to make sure we work for our money and make sure we reward the most important people, our supporters. That's my message to the players."


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