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Maamria Dedicates Win To Supporters

24 November 2019

Head Coach Dino Maamria was quick to acknowledge the support for his team as they grabbed a 1-0 win thanks to Zak Mills who recorded his first ever goal in Oldham colours in first-half stoppage time.

The victory means Latics are now unbeaten in four Sky Bet League Two games, whilst Newport suffered back-to-back league defeats at Rodney Parade, a place that has become a fortress over the past couple of seasons.

"It was a fantastic performance, it was a big win for us. We needed it. There's been improvements over the weeks, bit by bit, but to come here to a team that's known for their ferocity at home, the conditions showed a different side to us.

"It's work in progress and that's more like a team that I'm trying to build at Oldham. Where we showed resilience and desire to defend well with those long balls, that type of League Two football and when we got the ball down we looked a threat as well.

"I think overall it's been a good day and I'm pleased with our fans, I'm so delighted for them. I actually dedicate this win to them because it's a long way for them to come here, to keep backing this team so those three points are for them."

Maamria came into the game after a 10-day wait since the last fixture due to an international break last weekend and used the time wisely to try a couple of different things that ultimately paid off when it mattered.

"We used last week's rest the right way. We worked on a different shape this week and the lads bought into it and we looked really good.

"It fitted us well the shape and we dealt with them with ease especially in the second-half, I don't think they got in our box once.

"But I was pleased with the lads application. It was a good afternoon for us."

The Head Coach also for the first time failed to use any of his available substitutions in an attempt to keep momentum, as he felt the starting line-up he named was good enough to get the result.

"It was tough, as I kept the rest of the lads warming up but the team as an eleven, I couldn't change it.

"We were doing well and I didn't want to upset that. It's good to have Missilou and Wheater back and it's good to have Zak [Mills] back as well.

"We've still got two or three out and hopefully when we get those lads back in we can be better and stronger for it."

He added: "Everybody who came here to see us saw we defended as a team and we went after them as a team.

"At the start we pressed them high, rushed their clearances and made them predictable and dealt with the long ball and attacking threats they've got.

"So we limited them. I don't think many teams will come to Newport and produce that performance, so it's a good day."

Changes have been made already by the new Head Coach but Dino is focused on doing it in a certain way to ensure maximum impact.

"The first thing I had to work on was the fitness level of the lads which was low, then the personality and character of the team and building the resilience as well. 

"That's again a work in progress. But probably in the last week or so I've been working more on the shape of the team.

"We played a different way against Newport and the focus has been on that. But always the mental side of the game as well. I have to give them the belief that they can come to places like Newport, where nobody gave us hope. 

"I had to give the belief to our players that we can come here and get the three points and we did that."


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