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Dagenham & Redbridge blog: Dover Athletic won’t know what to expect from John Still’s team

PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 December 2016

Sean McGinty of Torquay United and Paul Benson of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Sean McGinty of Torquay United and Paul Benson of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2016/17 season

Magnus Okuonghae of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic David Simpson/TGS Photo) Magnus Okuonghae of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Two more home defeats have seen Dagenham & Redbridge slip out of the play-off places and John Still’s team currently occupy sixth position in the National League ahead of their trip to Dover Athletic.

The Whites will go into the game with a lot of confidence after hitting Sutton United for six without reply on Tuesday night at Gander Green Lane.

With the Daggers defence in the state it currently is, there are fears that the league’s top goalscorer Ricky Miller may punish them if they play the way they have in the last couple of games.

Following last weekend’s humiliating 4-1 home defeat to Barrow and the frustrating loss to Torquay United on Tuesday, Dagenham have conceded 10 goals in their last three fixtures at Victoria Road, scoring just once in reply.

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo) Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Magnus Okuonghae’s lack of match fitness was evident as he didn’t read the game as well as many had hoped with the centre back being outdone by Byron Harrison and Richie Bennett on too many occasions. Not to mention giving away a penalty to the visitors.

Scott Doe came back from injury on Tuesday, yet didn’t look fully fit and failed to put a challenge in on Kieffer Moore.

Josh Staunton can play in defence and midfield, though he was once again played at right back, but couldn’t provide the pace needed to get past the opposition defence or put in the necessary crosses for Oliver Hawkins and Paul Benson.

Despite all the negatives, Daggers have been changing their starting XI recently and therefore this could work in their favour as it could be hard for Dover to plan for the team Still will play on Saturday – here’s hoping it helps anyway!

Alex Flisher of Maidstone United and Josh Staunton of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo) Alex Flisher of Maidstone United and Josh Staunton of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Let’s get back to winning ways, come on you Daggers!

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