Dagenham & Redbridge v Maidenhead United – Victoria Road – Vanarama National League – Saturday 3pm
INJURY-HIT Dagenham & Redbridge go into Saturday’s Vanarama National League clash with fellow-strugglers, Maidenhead United, knowing this is a match the simply can’t afford to lose.
The Daggers have won just two of their last eleven league outings, a run which has seen them slip from the cusp of the promotion-chasing pack to the bottom half of the table.
Meanwhile, out of sorts Maidenhead sit one place and two points below the Daggers in seventeenth place and have lost four of their last five.
The Daggers have been missing as many as eight senior players in recent weeks and that was highlighted during last weekend’s single-goal defeat at Chorley, where the Daggers could only name three outfield players on the bench.
With manager, Peter Taylor, currently recovering from knee surgery, coach, Jodie Brown took over the media duties following that Victory Park setback.
“It’s obviously a tough result to take, we certainly didn’t want to come here and lose 1-0,” he told www.daggers.co.uk.
“We knew we’d have to produce something a little bit extra as we’re in a tough situation at the moment, as you can see we only had three outfield players on the bench again today.”
Brown continued: “None of the lads have returned and Bagasan has been added to that list as well. We knew we had to pull together as staff and a group of players and work even harder.
“I thought we did that – I thought we forced them into a lot of mistakes, they had very little possession and we created some good opportunities from some high tempo play.”
Visitors, Maidenhead, under the guidance of former West Ham United playmaker, Alan Devonshire, were thrashed 4-0 at home by league leaders, Barrow, last time out – the Magpies twelfth defeat in twenty-four league matches to date.
Jeevesie’s prediction: Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0 Maidenhead United