Daggers to hunt Stags
11:08 19 February 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge boss Still knows wins are needed and fast
Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still says a win at Mansfield Town on Saturday will give the team a much needed confidence boost in their beat to beat the drop.
Following a 2-0 home defeat against Barnet on Saturday, Daggers now prop up League Two, but are still just two wins from safety.
The east Londoners are also on a five game winless run, having picked up just one point from the last 15 ahead of crucial games at home to relegation rivals Yeovil Town and York City in the coming month.
Victory on Saturday will be by no means an easy feat away to a Stags side who are currently pushing for a spot in the play-offs.
And Still knows he may have a job on his hands to make sure his players are mentally up for the fight at Field Mill this weekend.
“At the moment, we’re down mentally. Even if we had a great run and lost against Barnet, they’d be down and that’s natural,” said Still.
“That feeling of being down can only be overcome by people who are willing to be warriors. Obviously it’s been a difficult season for them all, but there’s no magic wand.
“It’s down to hard work and it’s down to being focussed and organised. Barnet was the first game I came away from feeling disappointed, but I’ve got to get up and get on myself, so it’s back to work and see what we can do.”
One man Daggers will have to keep quiet if they are to win is Mansfield striker Matt Green, who is the club’s top scorer with 10 goals as he leads their play-off charge.
But Still is confident his team will conjure up a plan to deal with Green’s threat when they return to the training ground this week.
“We work all week on everything, but the problems you get is that sometimes all it takes is a little bit of discipline in a fraction of a second,” he added.
“One step too far or slow, that can be the difference between winning and losing. We have to try and put all those little things into our advantage, not our disadvantage.”