Chambers has new hope for new year with Daggers
PUBLISHED: 11:30 01 January 2016
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Attacker urges Dagenham & Redbridge to start 2016 with victory at Exeter City
As the season ticks into the new year, Ashley Chambers believes Dagenham & Redbridge may finally have found the spark to kick-start their season.
Daggers ended a run of four straight losses in League Two with a superb 3-1 win away at Stevenage on Monday to bring the curtain down on 2015 in some style.
The east Londoners begin the new year away from home as they visit a stuttering Exeter City on Saturday and having picked up only their third league win of the season, Chambers insists they have a new-found spring in their step.
He said: “Wins always bring confidence, so we’ll go there and set our stall out exactly the same way that we did against Stevenage.
“Hopefully we’ll put in another good performance and get another good result.”
Chambers and his Daggers colleagues have had something of an uncertain Christmas after former boss Wayne Burnett was sacked on December 21.
The team also saw their winless run at home this season extended to 15 matches in all competitions following a 3-0 loss against Cambridge United on Boxing Day.
But Chambers insists that the speculation surrounding the new manager, which has since confirmed to be John Still, has not had an adverse affect on the squad over the festive period.
He added: “It’s been much of the same, whoever came in as manager was out of our hands.
“We just had to go about our business in training and keep working hard like we have been to try to get the results.”
Daggers employed a change in formation at Stevenage, with the team switching to 5-3-2 which seemed to work wonders.
Chambers headed the visitors into an 18th-minute lead, before setting up Joss Labadie to double the lead a minute later.
Christian Doidge scored an own goal, before finding the right net in the 37th minute to seal the triumph.
And Chambers believes the change in formation helped spark the brilliant success.
“It brought the best out of us at Stevenage. We moved things around, but our quality came through,” he added.
“It was good at Stevenage, but Saturday is another story and we go again.”