Preview: Bournemouth v Dagenham & Redbridge
Dean Court, Tuesday, August 09, kick-off 7.45pm
Dagenham & Redbridge could be without nine first team players as they bid to end their Carling Cup hoodoo at Bournemouth tonight.
Richard Rose, Kevin Maher, Peter Gain, Billy Bingham and Damian Scannell missed Saturday’s 1-0 win at Macclesfield.
But manager John Still confirmed after the game that despite their inclusion in the squad Femi Ilesanmi (ankle), Jon Nurse (knee) and James Shea (ankle) were also carrying knocks.
Add to that the suspension of keeper Chris Lewington, who earned a straight red card at Macclesfield and Daggers hopes of winning a Carling Cup tie for the first time in their history look remote.
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However, they will be boosted by the news that striker Josh Scott, who also missed Saturday’s game, could be fit for a return at Dean Court.
“Josh Scott went over in training on Friday, he would have played on Saturday, but he’s just hurt his hip flexor. It’s not terrible, he wasn’t available, but may be on Tuesday,” Still revealed.
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“I’ll make a few changes. I want to give a couple of the lads a little more fitness work. Because we’ve got so many injuries I need one or two of the other lads to get some minutes under their belt.
“The cup’s important, but the league’s important, so nothing massive, but maybe just a change or two to give a couple of other people the chance to get some minutes under their belt.
“I think we’ve got nine players unavailable and that is a problem and it could become a big problem, so I want to be able to counteract that as much as I can.
“If it was a league game I may have done the same, because it’s just important I keep them all fit at the moment. I won’t make silly changes, I’ll only include people I think are capable.”
The hosts look set to be without striker Danny Ings and midfielder Harry Arter, so manager Lee Bradbury could make wholesale changes to the side that lost 3-0 at Charlton on Saturday.
Previous meeting: Saturday, September 11, 2010 – Bournemouth 3 Daggers 0