Dagenham & Redbridge: First-team coach Darren Currie not surprised by Sutton United’s National League exploits
PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 January 2018
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Daggers coach says U’s have shown they deserve to be riding high in the table
Dagenham & Redbridge are back in National League action on Saturday when they visit Sutton United.
After 10 days since their last match, Daggers head for Gander Green Lane looking to get their campaign back on track.
A defeat at home to Boreham Wood on their last outing on January 9 mean the Victoria Road side start the weekend 10 points adrift of leaders Macclesfield Town.
Against one of their promotion rivals, Daggers will hope for better away to the U’s as they chase just a second league win since December 9.
Sutton have been one of the surprise packages in the division this term, but Daggers first-team coach Darren Currie says he has not been overly shocked by how well Paul Doswell’s side have done.
“Momentum plays a big part. They started well and where no one team has run away with it, it’s allowed everyone to have a little dip in form and still be in and around it,” said Currie.
“They’re obviously a decent side, they’re not up there by fluke, and they’re there on merit.
“It will be another difficult game. How difficult? That’s something we can only ever really assess after the game.”
Daggers head to Sutton in what can be described as patchy form at best, having won just one of their last six matches in the league.
On their last outing, Daggers were beaten 3-2 at home to Boreham Wood after turning in a below-par display.
Despite that result, and their poor form, the Essex club remain close to the play-off places in the National League.
But Currie knows the Victoria Road outfit can ill-afford too many more slip-ups between now and the end of the season.
“We feel like we’re getting there, and then we take a big step back and have to go again,” he said.
“Without being great in possession, there were enough opportunities for us against Boreham Wood.
“We have to keep reiterating what we’re asking and keep working on our organisation.”
Since returning to the National Legaue in the 2016/17 season, Daggers have not had the best of records against Doswell’s Sutton.
In three league meetings, the Essex club have drawn once and lost the other two, conceding five goals and scoring just three in the process.