Joss sure Daggers will beat the drop

12:30 15 January 2015

Josh Ruffels of Oxford United and Joss Labadie of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Josh Ruffels of Oxford United and Joss Labadie of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Midfielder admitted Saturday’s stalemate was the correct result

Wes Burns of Oxford United and Joss Labadie of Dagenham & Redbridge challenge for the ball at Victoria Road (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Wes Burns of Oxford United and Joss Labadie of Dagenham & Redbridge challenge for the ball at Victoria Road (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Joss Labadie believes Daggers have steadied the ship after they extended their unbeaten streak to three matches following a draw with Oxford United.

Wayne Burnett’s side dropped into the bottom two at the end of 2014 after suffering defeats to Tranmere Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Stevenage during December.

Joss Labadie of Dagenham & Redbridge squares up to Oxford rival Will Hoskins (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Joss Labadie of Dagenham & Redbridge squares up to Oxford rival Will Hoskins (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

But after Saturday’s stalemate with the U’s, the 24-year-old is confident Daggers will soon start moving further away from the relegation places.

He felt their 0-0 draw with Oxford at Victoria Road was the right result and is pleased about their situation.

“It was a fair result. It was a battle and I don’t think us or Oxford created enough clear-cut chances,” said Labadie.

“On reflection a draw is a fair result. I had a couple of free-kicks from a little bit away, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“It is a bonus to have Rhys Murphy back and we have Zavon Hines back in training now as well. The competition for places is really high and that is only good for the squad.

“The last three games we have got three clean sheets and we have steadied the ship.

“We have stopped the rot and now we are looking to build on this and carry ourselves up the league table.”

The match at Victoria Road was short of clear-cut chances, but 10 minutes from time Labadie and Oxford substitute Will Hoskins came together as tempers became heated.

The pair gave each other a shove, but referee Darren Drysdale only gave the duo a caution apiece.

Labadie joked he was pleased not to see a red, but felt the incident summed up both teams appetite to get three points.

“He grabbed me, I have grabbed him back and it is one of those things that happens in football,” added Labadie.

“We are both so eager to win. It is nothing serious and the referee has dealt with it sensibly and thankfully I only got a yellow, which was right.

“Both teams wanted to win and it showed in that incident.”

Labadie added he has no worries about Daggers facing relegation this season.

“I am a 100 per cent confident we will get clear of danger,” insisted Labadie.

“The table doesn’t lie, but I think we should be higher up. But we have got to earn the right so we need to push on.”


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