Dagenham & Redbridge v Wealdstone – Vanarama National League – Chigwell Constuction Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
Daryl McMahon is looking for a change of mindset from his Dagenham & Redbridge side as they attempt to arrest an early-season slump which has seen his side slip to Vanarama National League defeats at the hands of FC Halifax Town and Barnet.
The Daggers welcome newly-promoted Wealdstone to the Chigwell construction Stadium and McMahon is fully aware that the focus has to be very much on the task in hand if his side are to turn the corner.
“We can say as much as we want about not being at the level that we want to be at, but let’s not forget that we’re a team that finished 17th last season and we’re looking to build on that and get into the top 10 and then push into the play-offs and challenge,” the Irishman explained.
“The two teams that have beaten us in Halifax and Barnet, first and foremost congratulations to them, but we’ve gifted them the goals that they’ve scored against us from individual errors and they’ve got to be cut out.
“When you’re going through a spell and you’re not having a great time in possession of the ball, you need to be hard to beat and we need to make sure that we are that this evening.”
The Daggers chief insisted his squad are more than capable and set out exactly what is required against a Wealdstone side keen to build on a midweek draw at Yeovil: “We’re looking for energy, togetherness and hard work from the players,” he added.
In every season you have a spell, whether that be the start, middle or the end that you go through where you don’t get the results and ours has come at the start of the season. We need to stick together as a group and get through it.
“We know we have good players and it’s about bedding them into the squad now. I said it on Tuesday night in my post-match interview, it’s not an excuse but it might be a reason that we’ve started slower than we wanted to be honest. The last two weeks of pre-season we did have a lot of the lads who have played in the opening two games out injured.
“Those players might not feel too great at the moment for playing the last two games, but in the coming weeks, they will for getting those minutes into their bodies.”
(Quotes courtesy of Dagenham & Redbridge FC)