Dagenham & Redbridge: John Still remains wary of Daggers’ next opponents Woking despite their poor form

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 April 2018

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the opening goal against Maidstone United (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the opening goal against Maidstone United (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Cards have plummeted down National League table after struggling for wins in recent months

Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still expects Woking to provide stiff opposition on Saturday, despite the Cards struggling for form in the National League.

The Essex club welcome the Surrey club men this weekend, with Woking having won just three of their last 26 in the league since the last meeting between the sides in October.

It is a run of form that has seen the Kingfield Stadium club plummet down the standings, with the Cards well and truly in a relegation battle.

But Still remains wary of the threat posed by the Surrey club despite their poor form over the past few months.

“Woking are finding it tough at the moment, but I always say that makes the opponent dangerous,” he said.

“I’m not speaking for them, but they probably don’t need to draw and instead need to try to find a couple of wins.

“I would expect them to come here and try to attack, so hopefully it’s an entertaining game.”

Daggers themselves still harbour slim hopes of making the top seven in the National League, though are fast running out of time.

A cluster of clubs remain between the Essex team and the top seven, even if the gap has closed in recent weeks.

And Still refused to be drawn on his team’s prospects of making the play-offs, adding that the enforced departures of key players have made Daggers alter their tactics.

“At the moment, we have to try to get as many points as we can. We have one or two match-winners, but we’ve lost match-winners like Morgan Ferrier and Corey Whitely, which can be crucial,” he added.

“We have to look at other ways where someone can come up with something a little different.

“We’ve lost those sort of players, so it has to be a team effort, which is what we’ll try to do.

“Our two centre backs are starting to do very well; Luke Pennell looks very good and along with Craig Robson, it looks like we have a decent pair there.

“Our full backs are solid, but we lost Sam Ling which was another blow because he was fantastic for us and lost Kevin Lokko too.

“We’ve worked hard to find another way and at the moment we have.”

Still will hope that remains the case for his Daggers over the closing weeks of the National League season as they chase a top-seven finish.

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