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Practical joker Femi hopes Daggers return to winning ways

17:10 01 February 2013

Femi Ilesanmi (right)  is hopeful the Daggers can get back to winning way at Plymouth tomorrow. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGS

Femi Ilesanmi (right) is hopeful the Daggers can get back to winning way at Plymouth tomorrow. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGS

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Daggers’ left back Femi Ilesanmi previews their clash at Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.

Daggers defender Femi Ilesanmi may be one of the practical jokers on the coach journeys for away days but he is deadly serious that they have to get back to winning ways at Plymouth on Saturday.

John Still’s side have lost their last two games and have slipped away from the play-off places but Ilesanmi is keen for Daggers to address their slump.

“For the last two games I don’t think we have not played well enough so we know it is a big game to put things right,” said the former Ashford Town man.

“We have let ourselves go from the play-off positions a bit so it’s our chance to climb back up the table.”

Daggers were able to add Ben Strevens to their squad before the end of the transfer window and Ilesanmi believes his experience is a massive boost

“We did need an old head in my opinion,” he added.

“Some of the young players have stepped up to the plate and they are growing as leaders.

“But it is always nice to get an old head in whose been there before and knows what it is about just to direct us a bit more.”

A trip to Plymouth represents a 504-mile round trip from ground to ground and one of the longest of the season.

But while the players and staff make the coach journey up today, Ilesanmi and partner in crime Medy Elito will be causing all sorts of problems while others try and relax.

“On the coach it is me and Medy who are the practical jokers, we throw a lot of banter out there,” said the 21-year-old.

“A lot of people just put their headphones in, watch films on their laptop or play games on the iPad. But when it comes to the banter it is me and Medy who do the bulk of it and cause a few problems.

“The gaffer stays at the front and I don’t think he likes hearing our voices because we make a lot of noise.”

In the reverse fixture Daggers drew 0-0 in the second game of the new season and it is one Ilesanmi felt his side should have won.

“I thought we should have won, when we played them they were a very beatable side,” he added.

“I don’t know whether their squad has changed much, I know the manager has, but if we do our best we can beat any team in this league.”

And while the fans’ favourite has yet to score a goal for the Daggers, his only concern is the team.

“Everyone is waiting for me to get a goal but for me as long as the team is winning I am not too worried,” he said.

Daggers go into the game without any injury concerns and new signing Strevens could feature, while Italian striker Gianluca Gracco could well feature on the bench after signing an 18-month deal.

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