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Friday, February 21, 2014
With the season now in its final third, Daggers defender Scott Doe is hoping they can mount a push for the play-off places in League Two.
The Victoria Road side have shown what they are capable of against the top teams of late, with draws against Southend, Scunthorpe and Burton Albion, plus a win at Rochdale.
They boast one of the better home records in the division as well, but expectations have risen with how well they have done so far this season.
And with that in mind, Doe knows it’s crunch time if they want to be involved in the end of season showdown.
“It doesn’t always work out that it’s easier against a lower placed team,” said Doe.
“In the last five or six games we’ve played a lot of top teams and got some good results. Our away form is picking up as well. We want to win our home games, but sometimes we may not.
“That’s why points like the one against Burton are important. If we want to have any hope of doing something, though, we have to start producing week in, week out.”
The point at Burton was against the odds, after young left back Jack Connors was sent off in the second half.
But despite Connors’ absence, Daggers battled their way to a share of the spoils, and Doe hopes it’s a sign of luck turning in their favour.
“I’ve been here a few years and in previous seasons sometimes that’s maybe where we go and concede,” he added.
“It’s even better for a young team like this to stick it out in the end there.
“Burton got a goal back and we’ve got 10 men, so they’re going to be pushing and we are obviously going to tire so the momentum is with them. But that’s the little bit of luck you need. Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.”
Boss Wayne Burnett was forced to play Doe at left back after the dismissal of Connors and an injury to Femi Ilesanmi.
It’s not a position Doe has played before or one he is particularly fond of, but Doe was just happy to do a job in the team’s moment of need, adding: “I kept telling myself I was doing it for the team. I’ve gone right back before and I looked over and I did think to myself ‘argh’, just because of the time of the game as well.
“We were tired, but it’s not about me, it’s the team, whatever we have to do to get the point or three. It’s not my favourite position, but if I have to do it I will.”