Daggers’ Still wants fans to come out in numbers to push his men on at home
PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 February 2018
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Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still wants supporters to get behind the team and help them push on against strugglers Chester this weekend.
The Daggers welcome Jon McCarthy’s men to Victoria Road on Saturday (3pm) as they look to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat against Dover Athletic on Tuesday evening.
The cash-strapped club picked up a crucial 3-0 victory against Torquay United last weekend but couldn’t build on that against the Whites as a first-half goal from Mitch Pinnock proved too much for the Essex-based club.
“Now is the time to get everyone together, we’ve had two really good performances of the late and the way I look at it is that now in our situation it isn’t about Dagenham’s football team, it’s about Dagenham & Redbridge football club,” Still said.
“Everyone on and off the pitch, everyone who can be affected, supporters could be affected, general staff, players could be affected.”
The boss is spurring fans to come out in their numbers and get behind his men as they look to pick up a well needed three points on the weekend after seeing his side only win two of their last 11 matches.
“We need a club, we need eleven on the pitch, but we want people looking at it to maybe see 1,500 to 2,000 people on the pitch playing in our colours because everyone is going in the same direction.
“Although we’ve only got eleven representing, really and truly in our dressing room, we’d like to think we’ve got over 2,000 maybe even 3,000 who come on Saturday to get behind their team and their club.
“If they come I want to feel they’re in our changing room with us, pushing us on.”
They will be without midfielder Andre Boucaud who serves the final match of his three game suspension after admitting an FA charge.
The midfielder was involved in a post-match incident on the field after the 2-0 defeat at home to Aldershot Town on Saturday, February 10.
The incident was not seen by the match officials at the time but was caught on video.
Other than that Dagenham are expected to stick with a similar line-up to their 1-0 defeat to Dover as they face Chester, who are also in a financial situation meaning they are looking to trim the wage bill, and could be forced to sell and release players.
Although Michael Cheek could return to the starting line-up for the clash.