December 22 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 9, 2013
Sky Bet League Two preview: Dagenham & Redbridge v York City.
Dagenham & Redbridge defender Scott Doe wants normal service to be resumed at home as they prepare for their first league game at Victoria Road this season against York City on Saturday.
The Minstermen were Wayne Burnett’s side’s final opponents at home last season, when Daggers lost 1-0 but held on to their Football League status in nailbiting fashion as Barnet lost at Northampton.
And though revenge is on their minds, Doe wants Victoria Road to return to the fortress-like status it has had in the past.
“One main thing for us is we need to get that first home win,” said Doe.“It’s weird how it’s worked out with York the last home game of last season, but at the end of the day we have to go out there and try to win it.
“It’s massive for us being the first home game of the season. One area where I thought we lacked last season, which we haven’t in previous years, was our home form.
“It has always been really good, but last season that wasn’t the case, but this time around we have got to be much harder to beat at home, starting on Saturday.”
A win is also high on the agenda for Doe for other reasons, as Daggers target a first home victory for boss Burnett.
“It’s just one of those things,” he added. “We just want to get it for him, and for us. It would be a big relief for everyone to get that home win.”
Whether boss Wayne Burnett makes any changes to the side which lost 3-2 at Brentford in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday remains to be seen, but he is pleased with the level of competition amongst his squad.
“I thought the people that came on against Brentford,” said Burnett. “The likes of Affy (Afolabi Obafemi) did very well and I think Brian Woodall came on and also produced so there is competition for places and that is what it should be like that. Hopefully it is a nice problem I am going to have for the whole season.”
Matt Saunders and Luke Wilkinson were set to make a full return to training on Thursday though tomorrow’s game will come too soon for the duo.
York’s only absentee is Estonian international Sander Puri who came off with a hamstring injury in their 4-0 Capital One Cup loss to Burnley, with Michael Coulson set to replace Puri in the starting XI.
On loan left back Ben Davies could return to the line-up after parent club Preston didn’t allow him to feature for the Minstermen in midweek, while veteran striker Richard Cresswell is also in line to feature after recovering from a neck problem.