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Maamria Glad To Be Back On Home Soil

15 February 2020

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The Head Coach is confident his side can get back to their best and rekindle the form that saw two excellent wins at Boundary Park recently.

After back-to-back defeats on the road the Head Coach admitted it's been hard but they learnt more from it.

"Yes, it's been a tough week with two really, really tough games. I don't think we got what we deserved overall though.

"We've tried to move on from it all but we didn't do enough to win and I'm always about winning.

"We've been honest about it and as a team spoken about how we haven't dominated possession, getting hold of the ball, attacking teams in wide areas. All those things that we've been good at in recent weeks."

He added: "There's been a lot of learning from it and I'm confident we can bounce back as we're disappointed and gutted to what has happened.

"The lads are still in high spirits, training has been fantastic. I'm looking to build a team for next season and it's about finding the right characters to make sure we are hardworking, resilient, graft and we get that win."

With what was confident boosting victories against Mansfield in Bradford in the space of a week, the Tunisian is confident they can use that to their advantage again.

"The last two home games are benchmarks of what we are capable of and the type of performance we can produce.

"It's good to be back at home. We can be more expansive on our pitch which is in really good condition. We can play the type of football we want to play.

"What we've got to make sure we do is we regroup, we go back to what we've been doing well and our last two home fixtures have been brilliant games for us so we make sure that we play better and improve."

The latest visitors will come in the side that hosted Latics in the opening game of the season. Of late they're slipped down the table but still pose a threat and one where they are also fighting to get back to winning ways.

"Mark Cooper has been unfortunate to lose some of his key players in the last period and have lost a bit of form but they've still got a team out there that cause problems but as always the focus has to be on us.

"On the back of two tough games we need to get back to the way we were playing beforehand."

With another forced change in the heart of the defence, Maamria still has decisions to make as important players are getting close to a return also.

"Wheater is a blow for us, so we have to reshuffle again in defence which is not ideal but that's football it is going to happen. I've just got to make sure I make the right changes to win the game.

"Zak Dearnley has done parts of training recently as part of his recovery. The risk with his hamstring injury is throwing him straight back in which is a risky one.

"Gary Woods has been out for a month now and is back to light training and we're not sure if he'll be fit enough for the game. It's another risk again as we have to manage them both carefully."

He continued: "Everybody else I'm hoping is ok, with Stott still a few weeks away of course. A few players are suffering from fatigue after Exeter but we've managed that too to ensure we are fresh.


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