Dagenham & Redbridge: Darren Currie says momentum is with league leaders ahead of Hartelpool United trip
PUBLISHED: 17:30 08 September 2017
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Daggers returned to summit last weekend with win over Gateshead
Dagenham & Redbridge head to Hartlepool United this weekend top of the National League, but coach Darren Currie knows they cannot afford to rest on their laurels.
After beating Gateshead 3-1 at home on Saturday, Daggers returned to the summit, though only goal difference is keeping them above local rivals Leyton Orient.
The Essex club are yet to be beaten in their eight outings this term, and will travel to a Pools outfit who have taken time to adapt to life in non-league football.
After taking just two points from their first six games, Craig Harrison’s side look to have found their feet in winning their last two matches.
But with Daggers riding high after beating another north east side in the Heed, Currie is confident the impetus is with the leaders.
“You want to be top of the league and we have momentum, so it’s about keeping it going,” he said.
“We know what we’re capable of and we’re massively on the front foot now. It’s early days, but we’re pleased to be top and I feel we deserve to be there.
“Now we have to keep our levels high and keep working hard to stay there.”
Daggers could welcome back attackers Corey Whitely and Michael Cheek for the trip to Victoria Park, who both missed the win at home to Gateshead through injury.
The Victoria Road outfit still impressed going forward without them, with Joe White, Morgan Ferrier and Elliott Romain all on target against the Heed.
That performance showcased the strength in depth Daggers have in attack, having also sold last season’s top scorer Oliver Hawkins to Portsmouth in the summer transfer window.
And Currie is all too aware of the dangers Daggers can pose going forward, knowing it means the Essex club can go into every game confident of taking all three points.
“We have attacking options and (Daggers boss) John Still wants to win football matches,” he added.
“At 1-1 against Gateshead, we were looking at ways to win and discussing how we could win the game, rather than thinking about staying in it.
“When teams tire, someone like Elliott can be a real nuisance because he’s quick and wants to run in behind.”