Dagenham boss Still could hand youngsters a chance
PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 April 2018
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Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still reveals youngsters could be given a chance as his face a hectic few games away from home.
Daggers travel to North Wales to take on play-off chasing Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday (3pm), before making the shorter trip to London rivals Bromley on Tuesday evening (7.45pm).
Still could hand chances to left-back Liam Gordon and midfielder Elliot Bonds in the final weeks of the campaign as their depleted squad gets thinner with injuries.
“Absolutely, we’ve looked at that, but it’s picking the right game and picking it with the right players,” said Still.
“It’s something that we’ll look at in the next game or two, certainly I think Elliot Bonds and Liam Gordon, and they will both get opportunities.”
Still will most likely be without attackers Mason Bloomfield and Chike Kandi who could be sidelined for a while as both went off injured in their 1-1 draw against Woking last weekend, with the latter potentially out for the season.
“I think he (Chike) has done his abductor and you saw Mase took a bad whack and was not quite right so we had to make the changes,” added Still. “At this stage in the season it is, our squad is not the biggest at the moment, but with what we’ve got we were capable of winning games.”
The former Luton Town boss admits his side are going to face a tricky final few fixtures, especially the upcoming week on the road, but praised his squad for their efforts in the last few months.
“It is (tricky). From day one of the situation we find ourselves in, I can’t criticise the players because they play and run the risk of getting injured and not knowing if they’re getting paid next month,” he said.
“They’ve done unbelievable and amazing for this club. I’m proud of every single one of them.”
Daggers only have a few fixtures left this season and Still admits everyone has something to fight for and they must keep chasing the teams ahead of them in the National League.
“Whoever you play now near enough has something to go for and you have to be up for that,” added Still.
“We’ve got to be up for that challenge. We’re working as hard as we can to try and grab on the shirt sleeves of the teams in front of us and others are battling to stay away from the bottom four.”