Jones could return for Daggers
09:01 01 March 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge youngster could be handed chance against Notts County by boss Still
John Still is considering reinstationg young winger Jodi Jones to the Dagenham & Redbridge starting XI at Notts County tonight (Tuesday) despite his struggles in recent games.
Having shone bright in the early part of the season, Jones has struggled to have the same kind of impact since suffering a groin injury at the start of October.
The 17-year-old’s last goal came in the reverse fixture against the Magpies in September, scoring a late wonder strike from outside the area to snatch a point for Daggers.
And while Still believes the pressure of a relegation battle has been weighing heavy on the young man’s shoulders in recent weeks, the Daggers boss is confident Jones can have a similar affect on proceedings should he start at Meadow Lane.
“He’s a young boy, so it’s not like you look at it and think he’s experienced it all before,” said Still.
“Jodi hasn’t and this is all new to him. The pressure of not winning is big, so you can’t apportion blame to him. We’ll train and have a look at what we can go with.”
Daggers could also be in the middle of a strange atmosphere tonight with County fans having yet to take to new boss Jamie Fullarton, who replaced Ricardo Moniz at the start of January.
The Magpies have won just three out of their eight games in the league under their new manager and have lost each of the last three.
Against Leyton Orient in February, fans jeered Fullarton’s decision to replace Liam Noble with Adam Campbell, but cheered when the former Nottingham Forest coach slipped in the technical area.
Should Daggers hold out in the opening exchanges, the home fans may well get on Fullarton’s back and Still hopes to turn that into the visitors’ advantage should the chance arise.
“You hope you capitalise on everything you can!” added Still. “It’s a spark, and every time you play you’re trying to find a spark. At the moment, we’re not finding a spark.”