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Maamria Looking To Build On Positives

26 October 2019

Following a win in midweek Head Coach Dino Maamria is pleased that his team are now starting to build confidence.

After a tough few weeks the detail in the work off the pitch is now starting to pay dividends.

"We've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes, not just on the training pitch but in classrooms, where we talk about the mentality of the squad. 

"We're trying to set a culture at the football club. Things that we can guarantee to produce day-in, day-out. Set a standard to everything we do really."

He added: "I wrote those things on the board to them before the game. The biggest difference was we ran 8km more on Tuesday night and it's the most distance we've covered all season.

"And it's surprising when you work your hardest you get the rewards. It was a good performance, especially the second-half all-round but to get the two goals and the clean sheet as well and the debut of the young men it's fantastic for the football club and now we've got to carry that forward with us. 

"Take the things we did well on Tuesday night and keep building on the things that we need to do better as well."

Since he arrived at Boundary Park last month Maamria has been keen to build a team that is proud to represent the club and its fans with the performance against Walsall the first glimpse of this.

"Everybody saw that. They saw a team that tried to do the basics well. They ran the hardest, they worked very, very hard and they were together. 

"They were also positive and played on the front foot. Those are things that we're trying to build here and we definitely saw a lot of that on Tuesday night.

"We're not going to take that for granted now though. We've got to build on that and make us stronger and better game-to-game.

"It's a process, like I said. There's going to be a lot of ups and downs, it's a long season yet and as long as we produce a performance like we did on Tuesday we'll be good."

With a quick turnaround the focus has switched to a team that are building momentum and still find themselves unbeaten at Vale Park.

The Head Coach broke down how he structured his plan of attack.

"They're a decent team Port Vale, they've got some good players, they've got a big pitch, big stadium and their fans will be behind them as they have a very good home record.

"It's definitely not going to be an easy game but the big pitch will suit our players and if we produce the performance like we did on Tuesday night I'm confident we'll get a positive result."

He continued: "I always speak a little bit about the opposition. I think some of the players like to know that so we always cover that.

"Tuesday night after the game, I watched our game back, reflected on it and drew positives as well as what we could do better. 

"I then picked that up with the players Wednesday morning when they came for a warm down and then from Wednesday afternoon my focus turned to Port Vale.

"I've watched their games, saw what their threats and weaknesses were and shared that with the players on Friday morning.

"Physically we can't do a lot. The players had a day off on Thursday to recover and came in Friday to do what they normally do and we ready to go for the game."

With selection dilemmas again, Maamria may have to make some late decisions but is relaxed that those he has at his disposal can do the job, just like they did a few days ago.

"Sylla and Maouche are back from suspension but are both doubtful with injuries. Branger is still out too along with Zak Mills. 

"So we have four big players from the team still out but it's another opportunity for those young lads who came in and got the shirt to make their debut all did well and will be involved.

"They've taken it in their stride the Academy lads and been training with us for a while anyway so we know the boys well.

"Apart from Zak [Emmerson] of course who still has school but has made the squad so he'll hopefully play his part." He commented.

"They've been great, they've been fantastic and they're down to earth. They understand the process, they understand what they need to do and they understand they haven't cracked it yet.

"A lot of players up and down the country make their debut in the Football League and then don't make it so they know the hard work starts now. 

"They're grounded and a pleasure to work with and I'm looking forward to having them involved again."


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