Preview: Daggers v Brighton
Tuesday, March 29, kick-off: 7.45pm
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still is set to name an unchanged lineup for his side’s first ever meeting with runaway League One leaders Brighton.
Femi Ilesanmi serves the final game of his two match ban, so Damien McCrory will keep his place at left-back.
John Akinde is not yet fit enough to be considered for a place on the bench, but on-loan duo Cameron Lancaster and Oliver Lee will be named in the squad, with Lee pushing for his first appearance since his arrival from West Ham.
Daggers are looking to extend their six match unbeaten run and gain ground on the team’s below them, with Swindon the only bottom-four club in action tonight.
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But manager John Still admits he tries not to focus on their excellent run of form.
“I’m not counting, I just worry about the next one,” said the 60-year-old boss.
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“Between now and the end of the season everyone’s going to lose, all over that table someone’s going to lose. But you don’t worry about it; you just go to the next one.
“All I know is if we keep going we’re playing well enough.”
Brighton will be without Ashley Barnes, Adam El-Abd, Jamie Smith and Jim McNulty for the trip to Victoria Road.
But New Zealand striker Chris Wood is available again after his return from international duty, so Fran Sandaza looks set to miss out.
Gus Poyet’s side have won seven games in a row and have the meanest defence in the division this season, conceding just 27 goals in 37 games.
The Seagulls can move 13 points clear at the top of the table tonight as they edge ever-closer to promotion, while a win for Daggers will move them four points clear of the drop-zone, still with at least one game in hand on those inside the bottom four.