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Maamria: "The credit must go to the players"

1 March 2020

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Head Coach Dino Maamria was full of praise for his players after what was a dominant performance at Boundary Park to get back to winning ways.

Coming into the fixture it was clear to all that the fixture was important for a number of reasons and Maamria acknowledged that.

"It was a big day for us and we showed what we're all about. It was very good for our fans, especially those 500 last weekend who followed us last weekend to Orient.

"I think it's brilliant for everybody but the credit must got to the players as it's been a difficult week especially with the weather finding a place to train.

"I thought we were outstanding and well done to everyone connected to the club. From the ground staff, to the coaching staff, to the office staff to every player."

Five goals unanswered on the afternoon summed up a total team performance but the extra pleasing element was the way they were created, especially the second and third with slick passing, something that was pinpointed in the week.

"That's been the theme this week. We looked back at the performance at Orient last week and we didn't pass the ball as well as we could and this week was all about playing through the thirds.

"We were brilliant in doing that. Overall, in the last eleven games we've lost to second and third in the league and we've been very, very close to a very good performance.

"It all happened against Newport and we are a better team than the league is showing.

"Having said that, we are where we are and we keep working and improving. With ten games to go now, hopefully that group with that result, with that performance will get better and better and we'll take a lot of positives from it.

"And not just the positives but the confidence."

He added: "I had to address the players before the game in the morning to all of them in a group message.

"I got messages overnight in the last 24 hours and my focus has always been on the game.

"We cannot change anything else, I've just got to be in control of my team there in dressing room and our performance.

"I thought the players application was second to none. They showed a lot of desire, togetherness and like I said the credit has to go to the players."

He continued: "Since I took the job we all know where we've been and we had to make the changes we did in January, as we knew it would be a changeover and now everybody can see the team we're trying to build here.

"It's not just the quality of our togetherness but the same players they work together from the front to the back. We all attack together and we all defend together and that is there for everybody to see.

"We'll do that more, we'll carry on getting stronger and better and hopefully we'll finish the season very, very strongly and that'll give us momentum for next season."


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