Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still wants to wrap up National League play-off place as quickly as possible
PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 April 2017
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Daggers boss hopes to get job done at Wrexham so he can think about rotating squad
Dagenham & Redbridge head to Wrexham on Saturday looking for all three points at the Racecourse Ground to make sure of their place in the National League play-offs.
A win in either of their final two matches, which also includes the clash at home to Woking on April 29, will see Daggers make certain of their place in the top five.
Had results gone their way on Monday, the Essex club could have even made sure of it against Sutton United, but as it is they will now have to wait until the weekend for their next chance to do so.
And with a squad that is again struggling with injuries and reliant on several players in key areas the wrong side of 30, boss John Still wants to secure a play-off place as soon as possible so he can rotate his squad accordingly.
“Had we booked our spot in the play-offs on Monday, we probably would have rested the likes of Paul Benson, Luke Guttridge and Andre Boucaud,” he said.
“We have a bit of a break now until we face Wrexham, which will help us with recovery.”
Should Daggers take the lead away to the Robins, they will hope they can do much better than they did against Sutton on Monday.
At 2-0 up and in complete control at half time, the Victoria Road outfit wobbled early in the second half and were eventually held to a 2-2 draw by the relegation-threatened U’s.
But despite seeing his team cough up a very strong position to win the game, Still says he did not give his players a telling off at full time.
“I gave the players a bit of advice at the end that to win games, you need all sorts of skills,” he added.
“The skills we needed against Sutton wasn’t necessarily to pass it, it was to turn their defenders and get the second ball.
“I’ll look at the goals conceded and that might be an individual error, but sometimes individuals in games don’t do great.
“From 2-0, you would expect to win the game at home.”