Daggers’ boss issues rally cry to fans for the final showdown
Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still has called on the club’s supporters to turn out in force at London Road on Saturday for their final day showdown at Peterborough.
Victories for Daggers and Walsall over the weekend kept Still’s side in the bottom four, one point adrift of the Saddlers and two points behind Notts County, who lost 2-1 at MK Dons.
Daggers know they must take at least a point from their match with Posh, who are already certain of their place in the play-offs, and Still would like to see the club’s fans follow the team to London Road and help ensure Daggers achieve their momentous goal and survive in League One.
“It’s very exciting. The key is to get as many Daggers supporters there as we can, and let’s go for it,” he said.
“It’s been an unbelievable season. To play in the last game of the season still with a chance is fantastic. We’ve had some great games, we’ve played against top sides and I’m hoping that we can do enough to play them next year.
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“I think that our performances this season have been good. It’s been tough, we’ve played some good teams that have been slightly better than us and I understand that. when we’re right on it, we have the capability.
“We had it at Huddersfield, I thought we were terrific and I thought we were terrific at Brighton, we’ve now got to go and be terrific at Peterborough. I believe 99 per cent of people didn’t believe we could stay up, but we always believed we had a chance and now we’ve got a great chance.”
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Influential defender Scott Doe is ruled out of Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury and Daggers were dealt a further blow when top scorer Danny Green was sent off in the final moments of Saturday’s 3-0 win over Carlisle, which sees him suspended for the weekend’s trip.
The absence of Green, who has been sent off twice this season, is undoubtedly a big loss, but captain Mark Arber, who lives in Peterborough, feels the remaining players have enough quality to succeed against his home-town club.
“The only disappointing thing (from Saturday’s game) was Greeny’s sending off at the end,” said Arber.
“It was a tackle he didn’t need to have to make. Greeny’s made two tackles and got sent off. It’s a difficult time for him. Hopefully we can go there and do it for him and the rest of the lads.
“We’ve got to go there, do our job and play well. I felt it would come down to this, but in big games, big players will step up to the plate. We did it last year at Wembley, there’s no doubt we can do it again.”