Cousins happy with new Daggers formation
17:00 15 January 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper says team are reaping rewards from manager Still’s tactics in build-up to Northampton game
Mark Cousins believes Dagenham & Redbridge are getting to grips with new boss John Still’s tactics ahead of the League Two clash at home to Northampton Town.
Still has overseen a switch to a 5-3-2 formation in recent weeks after Daggers had spent much of the season under former manager Wayne Burnett playing a number of variations on the traditional 4-4-2.
The change in tactics seems to have instigated a change in fortunes too, with Dagenham having picked up two league wins in a row and putting in a solid display at Premier League side Everton in the FA Cup.
Daggers face another difficult task with Saturday’s visitors the Cobblers pushing for promition at the top of League Two, but Cousins believes the new formation gives Daggers a better chance of success.
“We’ve played the same shape for the last few games, we did have a couple of holding midfielders at Everton when we wouldn’t do that normally in a league game, but I think the shape is working at the moment,” said the keeper.
“The manager has spoken about having a Plan A and a Plan B and we’ll be working on that during the week. You have to adapt at this level, if it doesn’t work you have to change it.
“Gradually the manager is getting his own ideas over to the players and we’re all taking it on board.”
Having spent Christmas bottom of the entire Football League, there seems to be a renewed confidence around Victoria Road sparked by the recent improved performances.
And Cousins believes that their is also a brighter mood in the Daggers camp which will only serve to help their cause against Northampton at the weekend.
“We’ve put in three good performances now. After wins at Stevenage and Exeter, we went to Everton and we didn’t suffer a heavy defeat,” he added.
“We didn’t create many chances, but defensively we were good and we can take a lot of positives from that. Hopefully we can build on that next week against Northampton which will be a totally different game.
“I think I’ll be a lot busier in that one and it will be a physical game. It’s something to build on and hopefully we can push on up the league.”