Dagenham will continue to fight on reveals boss Taylor
PUBLISHED: 14:02 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:02 30 August 2018
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Dagenham & Redbridge boss Peter Taylor says his side will keep fighting on despite failing to win in their opening seven National League fixtures of the new season.
Daggers will welcome big-spending Salford City to Victoria Road on Saturday as they look to break the trend by causing an upset against one of the league’s title favourites.
The former England caretaker boss knows it will be a massive test against Graham Alexander’s side, who have won three of their last four matches, after a slow start to life in the National League.
“That’s all we can do is try get a win, as I say we’re trying to stay positive, the boys are a little bit down because of the results.
“We know the position we’re in is not a healthy one but we’re fighting and we will be fighting for our cause.”
Taylor says these sort of challenges should be what his young side are up for as he feels no one has a good career without stepping up to tests.
“Massive test, but they’re the sort of tests you get in your careers and if you take them on board you have a different career, if you don’t take the tests on you’re not going to get far.”
The manager also feels his side need an experienced head in the side to steady the ship and help cut out the mistakes by leading the side.
“I have made it quite clear we just need a little bit of experience, we need an old head out there, that might get people in the right positions before they’re needed.”
Defender Luke Pennell looked solid in their 2-1 defeat to Hartlepool United on the weekend but then missed out in their 2-1 defeat to Barnet on Bank Holiday Monday.
Taylor revealed it was a tactical decision as the 22-year-old England C defender has just returned from an injury but he will available for selection again this weekend.
“Luke Pennell I didn’t want to risk as he’s had a hamstring injury and all of a sudden to play two games in three days would have been a bit risky.
“Too me he would have been coming off with another hamstring injury and I didn’t want that as he’s too important for us, I didn’t want to take that chance and he will be absolutely fine for Saturday.”
Daggers will also welcome fellow strugglers Braintree Town to Victoria Road on Tuesday evening.