Dagenham & Redbridge: Daggers handed boost as club confirm Michael Cheek is staying ahead of Dover Athletic clash

PUBLISHED: 17:19 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:19 20 February 2018

Michael Cheek of Dagenham & Redbridge scored against Boreham Wood (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Michael Cheek of Dagenham & Redbridge scored against Boreham Wood (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge have been handed a boost ahead of their clash against Dover Athletic as they confirmed striker Michael Cheek is staying at the club.

Daggers will make the trip down the A2 to the Crabble Athletic Ground this evening (7.45pm) as they look to build on their 3-0 victory against strugglers Torquay United on the weekend.

Manager John Still is delighted by the news of the club’s top goal scorer Cheek wanting to stay.

“Michael Cheek has decided that he wants to stay here, which we’re delighted about, any of them that have decided they want to stay here we’ve been delighted about,” he said.

“Michael being the latest one as we had talks over the weekend and he decided he wants to stay here.

“We have worked hard to do the things the club felt were necessarily but I’m not pushing anyone either way.

“I will present the situation to people and they have to make their minds up.”

The boss admits have two games in four days always gives you limited time to prepare but it’s something you get used to as a manager.

“I think it’s just something you get used to, you get used to playing on a Saturday and then again on the Tuesday, and all you can really do is recovery work and just look at things that might help you during the course of that game.”

Still praised his squad’s response to the situation ongoing at the club in recent weeks and believes they thoroughly deserved the three points on Saturday.

“I think if I put things in context of the last six to eight weeks where things have sort of been on a downwards spiral off the pitch and players leaving, I think what’s pleased us most is as soon as it came out in the open, I mean we’ve known for a while, everyone has responded fantastically well.

“The result was more than deserved but I think it was a result for the whole club, not just the football team, as the whole club has gone through a difficult time and I think that supporters that sometimes don’t know what goes on behind the scenes they just look at what goes on, on the pitch.

“When they look what’s go on off the pitch and the response of the team, I think it’s given the whole club a lift, in the way that we’ve approached the two games.”

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