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John Still hails confident Dagenham & Redbridge ahead of long trip to Chester in National League

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 August 2016

John Still address his troops after Dagenham & Redbridge beat Southport on the opening day of the National League season (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

John Still address his troops after Dagenham & Redbridge beat Southport on the opening day of the National League season (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers boss full of belief ahead of first away day this season

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still says his side would have been full of confidence for the trip to Chester tonight (Tuesday), even if they had not beaten Southport on the opening day of the National League season.

The Victoria Road club soared to the top of the standings after the first round of matches with a 3-0 success at home to Southport, courtesy of goals from Fejiri Okenabirhie, Luke Guttridge and Jordan Maguire-Drew.

It was a result and display that will no doubt have boosted the club’s belief they can win promotion this season after a summer of much upheaval that saw 15 outgoings and 13 incomings, with one or two more additions expected before the end of the month.

But Still insists morale was high in the camp before Saturday’s win and would have remained that way even if they had not recorded such a resounding success over Port.

“We’re a confident team and I think we will be confident regardless this year,” said the ex-Barnet boss.

“All we want to do is go out and play the way we want to play — the Dagenham way.

“If we carry on improving and we feel we need to tinker here and there, we can find that along the way. So far, one game and it’s OK.”

Okenabirhie was one of the stars on Saturday afternoon with a goal and an assist on his home debut, and will be keen to carry that form into tonight’s match at the Deva Stadium.

And the winger, who arrived in the summer from Ryman Premier side Harrow Borough, knows Daggers can make it two from two in the National League as long as they can maintain their level of performance.

“We want to take what we did against Southport into Tuesday and carry it on from there. We’re all looking forward to it,” he added.

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