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Currie wants Daggers to embrace Portsmouth challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:31 16 September 2014 | UPDATED: 22:10 16 September 2014

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett and coach Darren Currie look on at the latest training session. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett and coach Darren Currie look on at the latest training session. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

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Coach hoping side take something from game

Dagenham & Redbridge coach Darren Currie remembers watching Portsmouth play against AC Milan in the Uefa Cup in 2008 and believes the fact that Daggers visit Fratton Park tonight for a League Two fixture shows how quickly things can change in football.

The demise of the south coast club has been well documented since they won the FA Cup in 2008.

Since that success they have suffered three relegations and though Daggers will visit Portsmouth this evening knowing the history of the opposition they face, they will be looking to embrace it.

“It just shows how quickly things change in football because I remember not long ago watching them playing against the likes of AC Milan and now all of a sudden we are going there on a Tuesday night, so the game can change very quickly,” said Currie.

“We are going to Portsmouth, a big crowd and the club has got a great history, so go and embrace it and enjoy it.

“We will play the way we play and hopefully take something from the game, that will always be the aim.”

Although Daggers have been beaten in their last two matches, a 2-0 loss to Northampton Town and a 3-2 defeat to Cambridge United, they will go to Fratton Park confident they can achieve a result.

Currie added: “We are always confident because we believe in the ability of the players that we have got here.

“Even though we were really disappointed on Saturday (against Cambridge), we will not change our belief, we really believe in these boys.

“They are all tough (games in this league), whether it is a big sides who crash it forward or teams who want to play a bit more, every week the challenge is very different.”

Currie admitted he was pleased to have a Tuesday night fixture, because it gives Daggers an opportunity to put the wrongs of Saturday right.

He hopes the team can put a smile back on the faces of everyone associated with the club this evening, adding: “It works both ways because if we had won on Saturday we would have been desperate for the next game.

“And because the result hasn’t gone the way we wanted, we are desperate for the next game to put it right so it is always good to have a midweek game.

“Down at Fratton Park, under the lights and hopefully on a nice wet pitch, hopefully we can move the ball around and put a smile on everyone’s face.”

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