Still rallies his troops to push on to safety
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE boss John Still has called on his players to replicate their form from the second half of last season and gain the results required to secure their League One status.
Following Tuesday night’s home match with Huddersfield Town the Daggers have 17 league games remaining, a period last season where they earned 29 points to move into the top seven and reach the League Two play-offs.
Still described last season’s promotion as the greatest achievement in the club’s history, but has challenged his current crop to outdo their exploits from the previous campaign. “I remember this stage last season. We sat down with the players and said we’re in a position, along with a lot of other clubs, to get into the play-offs,” he recalled.
“For us to do it would be the greatest achievement this club has ever had and I said, if we do it right, I believe we could make it and we did.
“We’ve had that same talk again and I said to them for this club to stay in this league would be its greatest achievement.
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“I said the people who have been here will be remembered as legends regardless.
“Also, to the new players who have come in I said in football you don’t get many chances to become a legend, but if you do something for this club you will become one.”
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The Daggers play host to promotion-chasing Bournemouth on Saturday and have games in hand to make up on the clubs around them in the bottom four.
While Still acknowledges the match with the Cherries will not be easy he knows every game from now until the end of the season is vital if his side are to retain their position in football’s third tier.
“Every game we play now has to have a cup final atmosphere about it,” he said.
“Maybe there were a few nerves as we’re just embarking on this now and at the start of the season I told them we were the biggest favourites to go down of all time. To be able to turn round and say to people “We did it, we achieved it” would be fantastic and we have to make sure we’re ready for the things that are going to happen.”