Currie: Dagenham & Redbridge could give youth a chance
PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 April 2016
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Daggers may field academy stars for trip to Plymouth with several players doubtful
There appears to be an injury crisis gripping Dagenham & Redbridge in the final weeks of the season, with three more added to the list on Tuesday.
Matt Richards had to be stretchered off in the first half against Wimbledon, while Joss Labadie and Christian Doidge also picked up knocks.
The trio now look set to join team-mates Zavon Hines, Dom Hyam, Liam O’Brien, Luke Guttridge and Ollie Muldoon on the treatment table.
And with the emergency loan window now closed and clubs unable to sign players until the summer, it means Daggers may be stretched this weekend.
The already-relegated east Londoners make the long trip to Plymouth Argyle, who still have high hopes of securing an automatic promotion spot.
And with the squad looking thin, Darren Currie revealed some of the Daggers’ academy players may feautre against the Pilgrims.
“One or two injuries led to Jimmy Shepherd being involved against Wimbledon, and losing Joss, Matt and Christian hurt,” said first-team coach Currie.
“Christian took a knock in the first half, but he’s game and has a right go. Credit to him, but he couldn’t carry on.
“He’s another that we’ll have to assess before the weekend. It might just open the door for one or two of the scholars to get involved with the first team and have a game.”
Boss John Still was not at the game against Dons on Tuesday, instead electing to scout players as Daggers prepare for a return to non-league football next season.
That left Currie in charge of affairs alongside assistant Ian Culverhouse, and it’s fair to say the duo were not best pleased with what they saw.
Daggers were second best from the off against a Dons side chasing promotion, with Lyle Taylor scoring in either half for the visitors.
And the former Ipswich Town midfielder is keen to see better from his team this weekend, knowing the players owe the club a performance.
“It’s our job as coaches to try and find the spark. We’ve got three games to go, where you’re representing yourself and the club,” added the 41-year-old.
“You have to show a bit of pride in what you do, it’s your job and profession.
“Wherever you find yourself in the league at whatever stage in the season, you should expect to come in and work.”