Daggers desperate to return to action against Brentford
striker Gavin Tomlin doubt for the game at Griffin Park
DAGGERS will be desperate for a return to action this weekend, having played just once since November 23.
That was the trip to Carlisle, which arguably saw John Still’s side’s best performance of the season in a 2-0 win at Brunton Park.
But, since then, the Daggers have endured a frustrating period, which has seen home matches against Peterborough and Brighton, plus the trip to Walsall, fall victim to the cold snap.
On New Year’s Day, the east Londoners travel west to take on mid-table Brentford and will do so with high hopes of recording their second consecutive win on the road.
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Only Bristol Rovers have scored fewer goals in the league at home this season and Andy Scott’s men have picked up just one win in their last six matches at Griffin Park in all competitions.
Gavin Tomlin (pictured right), remains doubtful for Daggers with an ankle injury, so Kayleden Brown looks set to partner Bas Savage in attack. Brentford will be without influential midfielder Marcus Bean, who serves a one-match suspension having picked up five bookings.
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Two days later the Daggers welcome Southampton to Victoria Road and will be looking to avenge their 4-0 defeat at St. Mary’s earlier this season.
The Daggers last three home matches have all been postponed, but they will be hopeful of getting Monday’s match on in a bid to ease the current cash flow problems owing to the lack of matchday revenue.
Teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stole the show with two of Saints’ four goals when the side’s met on November 2 and the winger’s battle with Daggers left-back Femi Ilesanmi could be key.
The 19-year-old, who spent three months on loan at Histon this season, has started each of the Daggers last three matches.
He should retain his place at the expense of Damien McCrory, with Still’s side in need of a victory to keep in touch with the side’s outside the drop zone.