Dagenham & Redbridge ready for challenge of Barrow on longest away day of the National League season
PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 March 2017
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Daggers face a round trip of nearly 600 miles to the Bluesbirds
Just the small matter of the longest away day of the season awaits Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend as they visit Barrow in the National League.
Daggers face a round trip of approximately 600 miles to Holker Street – which equates to more than 10 hours travelling.
But having beaten promotion rivals Forest Green Rovers 2-1 last weekend, Daggers assistant manager Darren Currie expects the squad to head north full of confidence.
“What you want to do when you go on those long trips is go off the back of a good performance,” said Currie.
“There’ll be a different mood around the camp in training this week and it’ll be highlighted over and over again that we’ve set the bar high against Forest Green.
“It’s about maintaining those levels and if we can play at those standards, then we’ll go into every game confident.”
Victory over Forest Green came at an important time for Daggers with the club winning for the first time in three matches.
Having started 2017 with five straight wins, the Essex club looked to be genuine title challengers.
Prior to beating Rovers, though, a run of three defeats in four had the Victoria Road outfit questioning whether they would even make the play-offs.
Having returned to form to beat Forest Green, though, Currie expects Daggers to be on an upward trajectory from now until the end of the season.
“We’ve been on a bit of dip, but at some point you’re going to come out of the dip and start climbing again,” added the 42-year-old.
“Maybe we hit the bottom recently, so the only way is up and we did that against Forest Green.
“We worked incredibly hard to get the win and put our bodies on the line. Josh Staunton came on at half time and was throwing his body all over the place to protect his goal.
“That’s what’s required, we’ve got 10 huge games now and we need to play to the levels we showed against Forest Green. When we play at those levels, we have some very good players.”