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Dagenham & Redbridge blog: More signings needed to survive

09:30 28 January 2016

New signing Luke Guttridge made his Dagenham & Redbridge debut at Newport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

New signing Luke Guttridge made his Dagenham & Redbridge debut at Newport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2015-16 season

With the transfer window closing on Monday, many supporters will be wondering if John Still will add to the new permanent signings of Luke Guttridge from Luton and Oliver Hawkins from Hemel Hempstead.

Ex-Dagger Luke Wilkinson signed for League Two rivals Stevenage, and commented that he rejected an offer to rejoin for the east Londoners in favour of Teddy Sheringham’s side. Southend centre back Luke Prosser was another man linked with Daggers, but that deal hasn’t had much movement for some time now with various other League Two teams interested.

National League South club Margate’s top scorer Freddie Ladapo is another player of who’s been subject to reported interest from Daggers. The 22-year-old from Romford came through Colchester United’s academy before playing in the Conference South for Thurrock and Chelmsford before moving on to the likes of Woking, Kidderminster, and Grays.

I feel that Daggers need to sign both a central defender and a forward in order to beat the drop zone this season, with our strikers being unable to score consistently and clinically enough and the central defenders making poor individual mistakes in most games, leading to Dagenham conceding late on too often.

Last week, if Daggers thought they were home and dry at 2-0 up, they were certainly wrong to think so. Two late Newport goals once again saw Daggers throw away more points when they’ve been in a winning position.

Daggers went into the game against a struggling Exiles side with confidence having played so well the previous week against Northampton and quickly raced into a two goal lead through Christian Doidge and Joe Worrall.

But Dagenham became nervous and like too many other games in the past couple of seasons the team conceded late on, first to Jean-Christophe Ayina and then to Conor Wilkinson, and drop back into the bottom two as a result.

Time to take a break from the action this weekend. Whether that’s good or bad, I’ll let you decide.

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