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Dagenham & Redbridge: Mark Cousins says Daggers are ready to spoil Macclesfield Town’s party

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 April 2018

Mark Cousins (middle) was named Dagenham & Redbridge's player of the season, with Craig Robson (left) second and Fejiri Okenabirhie third (pic: Ned Keating)

Mark Cousins (middle) was named Dagenham & Redbridge's player of the season, with Craig Robson (left) second and Fejiri Okenabirhie third (pic: Ned Keating)

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Silkmen will receive National League trophy on Saturday, but Essex club want win at Moss Rose

Dagenham & Redbridge keeper Mark Cousins says the Essex club will be looking to spoil National League champions Macclesfield Town’s party on Saturday.

The Essex club head north for their final game of the season against a Silkmen side who last weekend clinched the title with a win at Eastleigh.

The Cheshire club will likely have spent the past week celebrating their return to the Football League after six years in non-league football.

John Askey’s men will be handed the National League trophy after the match at Moss Rose, but Cousins admits it was Daggers’ aim to be that side winning the title at the start of the season.

“We’ll have to give them the guard of honour before kick off which is unfortunate as our aim at the start of the season was to be the champions,” said the 31-year-old.

“Who knows what might happen in the game? We’ll be looking to spoil their party.”

Daggers could end what has been, at times, a difficult season by completing the double over the champions.

When the Victoria Road outfit hosted Macclesfield in October, a goal from the since-departed Morgan Ferrier handed John Still’s men all three points.

A win for the Essex club this weekend will see them finish the season as the only side to do the double over the Silkmen in the league this term.

Cousins knows that would be a great way for Daggers to bring the curtain down on their campaign.

And the stopper believes victory in their previous meeting with Macclesfield will give the Essex club confidence for this weekend.

“When we played them at home earlier in the season, they played well but didn’t create much,” added the custodian, who was voted Daggers’ player of the season last weekend.

“It was a good 1-0 win for us, but we’ll see what will happen when we go to their ground.”

Daggers’ preparation for the Macclesfield trip will be a lot smoother compared to last week, when the Essex club played four times in seven days (at Wrexham, Bromley, Guiseley and home to Maidenhead).

Of the hectic week, Cousins said: “It was a bit strange. You’re normally used to playing a game, then coming in a day later to train, but it’s been coming in after a game and then travelling.

“All of a sudden, you’re warming up and have another 90 minutes ahead of you.”

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