Daggers boss John Still says he loves tough games ahead of Fylde clash

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 August 2017

Michael Cheek of Dagenham is congratulated after scoring the second goal against Barrow (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Michael Cheek of Dagenham is congratulated after scoring the second goal against Barrow (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge will be expecting another tough test as they make the long journey to National League new boys AFC Fylde this weekend.

John Still and his men travel north to face the National League North champions tomorrow (Saturday) and are looking forward to testing themselves against a new opposition.

“Games are tough, they’re all tough, whoever you play is tough,” Still made clear.

“It doesn’t matter who you play, the games are tough, seriously, but I love it as you don’t want easy games, you want tests so you can test yourself and test your players.”

Daggers are facing an unknown quantity and Still admitted they have done their homework on the Lancashire-based club and will be as prepared as possible.

“We don’t know a lot about them, but we’ve had them watched so we’ll know more about them by the time and we can look at match reports and a DVD,” he added.

Striker Morgan Ferrier got off the mark for the club in their 3-3 draw with Ebbsfleet in midweek, but the boss admits he has been carrying a knock, which means there’s a chance he could rotate his attacking line-up.

“We need to be sensible with him,” Still added.

“He’s a pretty special player, but we have got to look after him a little bit as we don’t want him to break down as he has had a few problems with his groins.”

Dagenham will be hoping Corey Whitely can continue his goal streak as he has netted five times in the opening four matches and Still admits he probably should have bagged another in their last match on Tuesday.

“He’s scoring goals, if the penalty goes in and we go in 3-0 at half-time I think we actually see the game out, but 2-0 is a difficult lead they get one goal back and they get the momentum,” he added.

But after conceding five goals in their last two matches, Daggers will unfortunately not have much say in changing their back-four, as Scott Doe could be set to remain on the sidelines.

The experienced defender was forced off in the first half of the 2-2 draw against Eastleigh on Saturday as he collided with goalkeeper Mark Cousins when trying to clear a corner.

“We don’t know yet, he’s waiting to see the specialist and we’ll know a bit more about it after that,” said Still.

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