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Dagenham & Redbridge stirred by Hartlepool’s great escape

12:00 11 March 2016

Josh Passley of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated after scoring the winning goal against York (pic: David Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Josh Passley of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated after scoring the winning goal against York (pic: David Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Daggers defender Passley says Pools’ run to safety last year motivates east Londoners

Josh Passley says Dagenham & Redbridge are inspired by last season’s exploits of Hartlepool United ahead of the long trip to Victoria Park this weekend.

Despite picking up five points from three games in the past week, Daggers are still six adrift of safety with 11 games remaining.

A year ago, the north east club were in a perilous position, eight points adrift of Cheltenham Town in 22nd with just 11 games left.

Then-manager Ronnie Moore guided United to four straight wins as they pulled away from the bottom two, surviving with a game left.

Daggers could do with a run of such form this season and Passley says they must draw on Pools’ achievements last year.

“You look at what they did last season and it shows you that it is possible,” said Passley.

“It gives us a bit of confidence going wherever we go in the next two months to go and get results.”

The trip to the the north east is the latest in a run of matches for Daggers against sides who are also battling to survive in League Two.

While they were able to triumph over York on Saturday, a week prior they lost to Yeovil Town.

Daggers manager John Still insists there is no such thing as a six-pointer in modern-day football, but the swing that exists in those games is vital.

And Passley, 21, knows the east Londoners cannot allow Pools to move further clear in the fight to remain in League Two, adding: “It’s crucial to get points in those games because it means we can get closer to those teams above us and move past them.”

Passley scored the only goal as Daggers recorded their first home win of the season, neatly converting Ashley Hemmings’ left-wing cross.

But the impact of that win was somewhat tempered with Pools winning 3-1 at Barnet.

And while Passley admits it was frustrating not to have made up any ground on United at the weekend, he insists the victory will be of great value, as will Tuesday’s goalless draw at home to Carlisle.

“The gap hasn’t been cut as much was we’d like, but we have the win under our belt and hopefully we can get the win at Hartlepool,” he said.

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