Daggers skipper vows to fight on in the push for survival
Mark Arber insists Dagenham & Redbridge will continue to fight until the final day of the season as they strive to preserve their League One status.
The Daggers captain was voted the sponsors man of the match in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Notts County and has been an integral part of his side’s bid to battle against the drop.
The 33-year-old skippered Daggers to promotion last season, but feels that should his side successfully stay in the division it would eclipse the club’s achievements from the last campaign.
“We all care deeply, we’re a passionate group and it’ll be a fantastic achievement, probably a bigger achievement than last year, but let’s get there first,” he said.
“If you look at the side (v Notts County), with all due respect to the one’s that didn’t play, they’re all people who have been around the ‘mulberry bush’ as such.
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“Robbo, the back four, the midfield four and the front two know what it means to this football club. It’s do or die for this football club.
“We’ve been on a fantastic journey and I said pre-match, ‘please don’t make it end now’.”
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Daggers victory on Saturday came courtesy of John Akinde’s first goal for the club and a Danny Green double before half time.
Following Tuesday’s defeat to Brighton Daggers now occupy 19th place, their highest position of the season, but with five games remaining the skipper admitted he would happily settle for finishing 20th.
“If we finish fifth from bottom and we score one goal more than the team that’s fourth from bottom then I’ll be delighted and I’m sure everyone concerned with the football club, the players, fans and staff would have taken that,” said Arber.
“We can only do what we need to do and forget other results, but as long as we carry on doing what we’re doing the rest will take care of itself.
“People don’t expect us to do what we’re doing and we’ve overcome adversity week in, week out and when it isn’t going right people need to stick with us, think of how far we’ve come and how far we’re going to go.
“The support was fantastic (v Notts County), it was a great day for the football club and long may it continue.”