Justham praises Daggers fans for staying loyal in a difficult start to season
PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 September 2018
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Daggers are unbeaten in three after losing six of their first seven league games this term
Elliot Justham has revealed he was surprised the Dagenham & Redbridge fans stuck with the squad despite their difficult start to the Vanarama National League season.
Daggers began the campaign without a win in August, but still received vocal support from their loyal fans.
Peter Taylor’s men seem to have turned a corner in September, though, with the club unbeaten in three matches and winning their last two games.
Justham will hope the fans have more to cheer about after this Saturday’s game at home to Chesterfield.
And though results have picked up ahead of the visit from the Spireites, Justham expressed his shock at just how much the supporters have got behind the team this term.
Speaking to the club’s media team, Justham said: “I was surprised that the fans stayed with us during the run without a win, because it’s so common to see in football after a poor run of results.
“I think our fans realised that this was a young side, and that we were playing well and that in time the win would come.
“The support has been fantastic; at home they’ve been right behind the lads, and they travel in good numbers to places like Barrow so it’s brilliant. The players are thriving on the support at the moment.”
Daggers head into this weekend’s game with Chesterfield having taken seven points from a possible nine so far in September.
That is a huge improvement on August, when the Victoria Road outfit took just one point from a possible 21.
It really seems things are starting to click for the Essex club now, but reflecting on their poor start to the season, Justham says it was important the players did not let their morale drop too much.
“It was frustrating for us all (when we weren’t picking up points), but we didn’t let our heads drop because we knew that we were in the games.
“We knew that it was only a matter of time before we were going to pick up points if we continued playing like we did.
“I don’t see why this current run can’t continue. You can see the confidence building in the lads.”
Justham will hope that confidence helps Daggers to another victory on Saturday when they host Chesterfield.