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Dagenham & Redbridge v Barnet – Victoria Road – Vanarama National League – Saturday 3pm
PETER TAYLOR took the positives from Dagenham & Redbridge’s frustrating Vanarama National League draw with Chorley at Victoria Road but acknowledged his side have played a lot better and will have to improve to keep up with the pace-setters hoping to earn a promotion spot come the end of the campaign.
The result – a goalless draw – left the Daggers in fifth, but their recent sequence could well have been concluded had goalkeeper, Elliot Justham, not saved a second-half penalty from Courtney Meppen-Walters after Ntumba Massanka had been felled by Luke Croll – the Dagenham man receiving a second yellow card for his troubles.
“I think it is a good point on the strength of our performance – we were nowhere near it today, compared with how we’ve played for the last nine or ten matches,” Taylor explained to www.daggers.co.uk.
The Daggers now face a tough test against Barnet, a side managed by their former coach, Darren Currie, and who themselves played out a 0-0 draw with Solihull Moors at the Hive, then followed that with a superb 4-0 victory on the road at AFC Fylde. Meanwhile, Taylor insisted his charges needed to up their game, but display the same dogged qualities displayed against Chorley.
“We’ve got a very honest bunch – they didn’t perform today – I said to them, for us and our standards, that was about a 6/10 today,” he added.
“We are better than that, but it happens.
“We always want to play great, but when you can’t play great you’ve got to be hard to play against and I think we did that.”
Jeevesie’s prediction: Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 Barnet