Cousins believes in Daggers displays
15:00 09 February 2016
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Keeper remains calm as Dagenham & Redbridge approach crucial period
Mark Cousins insists now is not the time to panic for Dagenham & Redbridge as they prepare to host Wycombe Wanderers in League Two tonight.
Daggers head into the fixture with the Chairboys in the relegation zone, four points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table.
Tonight’s match, though, marks the start of a run of five home games in their next seven fixtures for Daggers, a period which could prove crucial come May.
Cousins acknowledges that results have not been the best in recent weeks, but commented that performances have been picking up.
And the keeper believes if Daggers continue that upward trend against Wycombe, they may finally end their drought at home.
“The run we’ve been on since January, OK there’s not been lots of wins in there, but the performances have been there,” said Cousins.
“There haven’t been performances where we’ve just collapsed and given up. They’ve all been battling performances and Wycombe will be another tough game.
“They are a physical team who will try to dominate the game and we have to stand up to it.
“If we carry on the way we have been defending, we’ll have no problem against them.”
While there is still some way to go in the season, it already looks like to fight to stay up has been narrowed to six teams.
Stevenage, Newport County, Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United are all within eight points of Daggers in safety, while York City prop up the standings.
And Cousins says it is good for Daggers chances that there are a limited number battling to stay up, adding that it makes setting targets easier at this stage.
“Realistically you look at the table and you make a little mini-table. You say can we catch this team above us and you go from there,” he added.
“The manager has been positive since he’s come in and we’ve picked up positive results.”