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Dagenham & Redbridge: Darren Currie feels week off playing may boost Daggers for Tranmere Rovers clash in National League

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 March 2018

Dagenham & Redbridge were forced to train inside last week because of the cold weather (pic: Dagenham & Redbridge FC)

Dagenham & Redbridge were forced to train inside last week because of the cold weather (pic: Dagenham & Redbridge FC)

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Essex club were without a game last Saturday after snow caused Guiseley trip to be postponed

Assistant manager Darren Currie admits Dagenham & Redbridge may benefit from having last weekend off in the National League because of the recent cold weather.

Daggers were due to visit struggling Guiseley last Saturday, but the match was postponed with the Nethermoor Park pitch under 20cm of snow.

It means that the Essex club will have not played for two weeks ahead of hosting promotion hopefuls Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

But Currie feels the break may work in Daggers favour as they chase a second straight success in the league.

“It might not be the worst thing in the world that we’ve had this break because it gives everyone a chance to recharge and then we will push them again going into the Tranmere match,” the 43-year-old told the club website.

Like most clubs across all levels up and down the country, Daggers saw their training plans last week disrupted by snow and sub-zero temperatures.

And Currie explained the difficulty the Victoria Road outfit faced in getting training sessions on.

“Wednesday, after the snow had kicked in, it was difficult for the boys to get in so for safety reasons they were given the day off,” added the former Brighton & Hove Albion winger.

“For the rest of that week, we were quite creative and made it a bit more enjoyable. The boys have come in and still got some work done.

“We did some runs outside, played a little bit of tag, played some head tennis and still managed to get some work into their legs, even though not a lot of football was played.

“We did some circuit training and some boxing training with the boxing guys that work alongside us every day.”

“We had to be a little bit creative and it was a bit of a break from football, but we still managed to get some work done by getting a good couple of days into them.”

Daggers’ trip to Guiseley will now take place on April 10, with a 7.45pm kick-off in Yorkshire.

By that point, the Essex club will still hope they are within reach of the play-off places.

But with two tough matches to come this week, first at home to Tranmere on Saturday, followed by a trip to Halifax Town on Tuesday, the Victoria Road side will be given a thorough test in their efforts to remain in the race for the play-offs.

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