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Daggers defender Scott Doe believes this is the toughest festive period he’s ever had at the club as they prepare to finish off the hectic fixtures with a trip to York City tomorrow.
The Victoria Road side have spent much of their time on the road, travelling to Portsmouth, Chesterfield and now York.
And although the festive fixtures are often tough because of their lack of recovery time in between games, Doe feels this one has been even tougher than usual with all the travelling involved as well.
“Christmas is always a test of fitness, that’s why you have squads and you can change people round,” said Doe.
“I did start to get a little bit of cramp towards the end of the Wimbledon game, it’s going to happen.
“You obviously don’t do as much in training because there are so many games. But everyone is in the same boat, it’s not just us.
He added: “We’ve also had a lot of travelling to do as well which is a bit disappointing this season because I’ve never really had that before at Dagenham, but I feel we have dealt with it really well.
“It does more than what people think. We had to get up quite early to go to Chesterfield where we travelled on the day, then you’ve got the long coach journey there and back and then back to your houses so it is a long day and it does take it out of you.
“But that also makes the results even more pleasing. It’s been the toughest Christmas period since I have been here. We’ve always had local games but we’ve travelled to Portsmouth, Chesterfield and now to York.”
Doe worked his way back into the team at the end of November, after losing his place to Luke Wilkinson following his suspension for picking up five yellow cards.
Since coming back into the Wayne Burnett’s starting XI the former Weymouth man believes he’s been slowly working his way back to his best form, and that can only bode well for the Daggers over the coming weeks.
“I have been happy with my own performances, I feel I am back to my best that I have played this season,” he added.
“I had a break in it where I had to go home for family reasons and I got suspended and it’s not easy to try and get your way back in.
“But against AFC Wimbledon I was back to my best that I have played. I’ve been doing well, but against Wimbledon we had a lot of defending to do.”