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League Two preview: Bristol Rovers v Dagenham & Redbridge
Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Ashley Chambers believes their positive forward play on Saturday at Exeter bodes well as they head into tonight’s game against Bristol Rovers.
Chambers came off the bench in the 2-2 draw against Exeter after joining on loan from Cambridge United on Friday, and after a strong 45 minutes in Devon he could start at the Memorial Ground.
It’s still early days for the former Leicester City youngster at Victoria Road, but he has already been pleased with the attacking intent of his team-mates.
“It was a really solid team performance and we were quite fluent going forward against Exeter,” said Chambers.
“That gives us plenty of confidence going forward that we can pose a threat to Bristol Rovers and hopefully we can come away with the three points.
“A few bad results and you are dragged into the place you don’t want to be but a few good results and you are dreaming.
“That’s all it takes but a lot more of those performances will see us going in the right direction instead of the wrong one.”
Daggers did extend their unbeaten run away from home to three games with Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Exeter City, and boss Wayne Burnett hopes that continues tonight.
“Bristol Rovers have started to pick up points of late and are on a good run of form,” said Burnett.
“We’ve not always been great away from home, but there has been a recent improvement and hopefully that continues.
“We went so close at Exeter to a big three points, but that’s football and you have to accept it.
“I’ve just said to the players be disappointed with the result but not the performance. We’ve got another game Tuesday so we have to go again.”
Daggers will be without attacking duo Rhys Murphy and Zavon Hines through groin and knee injuries respectively, with the pair expected to be on the sidelines for some time.
But Luke Norris, scorer of the opener in the weekend draw, will look to build on a solid showing at Exeter with another start, while Ade Azeez’s loan from Charlton Athletic has been extended for a further month.
Tonight’s hosts Bristol Rovers go into the game on a fine run of form. The Gas have not lost since a 3-1 defeat to high-flying Chesterfield on February 1 and picked up a good 2-1 home win on Saturday against a resurgent Plymouth Argyle.