Hackett expects Dagenham & Redbridge changes
12:30 05 November 2015
Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions
Daggers number two says places are up for grabs ahead of FA Cup tie
Warren Hackett believes Dagenham & Redbridge could make several alterations to their line-up for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at home to Morecambe.
Daggers head into the match on a poor run of form but did win for the first time in almost a month on Tuesday when they saw off Basildon United in the Essex Senior Cup.
For that game, the east Londoners made wholesale changes with Joss Labadie the only man to start both the victory over the Bees and loss against Luton Town two days prior.
Matt McClure, who came off the bench against the Hatters, netted a hat trick in midweek while Jake Mulraney looked a threat on the wings.
And Hackett admits some of the displays from the win over the Essex Senior League side has given the Dagenham management team food for thought.
“We were beaten by Luton Town and not many of those players played in that match,” said Daggers’ assistant. “It was their chance to stake a claim for getting into the team so no one did themselves any harm. They put in a shift and it’s up for grabs.”
The victory on Tuesday night should provide a struggling Daggers team with a timely boost and was their first win at Victoria Road this season.
Hackett, though, believes it does not alter the state of play too much heading into Saturday’s cup tie against the Shrimpers.
“I’m not going to get too carried away. We won a match in the Essex Senior Cup and have an important game against Morecambe that we’ll be looking to win, like we do every game.
“It hasn’t done us any harm beating Basildon but Saturday is a completely different entity. We’ll go out and try to win, like we always do.”
Dagenham switched formation several times during the midweek win and Hackett believes the squad have the ability to do it against their League Two rivals if needed.
“We flipped the formation to try and play the ball a bit more. At half time, we changed to a diamond before changing it again. They’re professionals so they have the nous and knowledge to change to different formations at any time.”