Labadie knows better from Daggers is just around the corner
12:00 12 February 2016
©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468
Dagenham & Redbridge skipper confident team can beat drop despite being four points off safety
Joss Labadie insists Dagenham & Redbridge will embark on a good run of form in the not too distant future as they look to keep their League Two status.
Daggers are without a success in their last four league fixtures following a 2-1 home defeat against Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday.
Labadie and his team-mates will be in action again at Victoria Road on Saturday as they host Barnet in what should a hotly-contested London derby.
Even with a win on Saturday, Daggers will remain in the relegation zone ahead of their trip to Mansfield Town the following weekend.
But with a crucial run of seven games in 21 days in the coming weeks, Labadie knows there is still time for Daggers to turn their season around.
“The games are coming thick and fast, even now, and Barnet will be our second game in a week,” said Labadie.
“We’re still only four points off safety, that could change in a week. All it takes is a good run of results and we’re right back in there.”
Since returning from a six-month ban in October, Labadie has been an ever-increasing influence on Dagenham.
Such has been his impressive return to action the 25-year-old has taken over as the team’s skipper from Andre Boucaud.
It is a role that Labadie seems to be thriving in, becoming a bit of a talisman in the middle of the pitch for Daggers.
The midfielder says he is enjoying the responsibility of leading side, but hopes he can guide them to better results in the future.
He added: “It’s a privilege to captain this club and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy.
“The most important thing now is that we start getting some points on the board and stop falling too far behind the teams around us.”
While the result may not have been the best against Wycombe in midweek, there were some positives to take for Daggers for the coming weeks.
Both sides had a man sent off, with Josh Passley seeing red in the 31st minute, before Wycombe had Garry Thompson dismissed in the 60th minute.
In terms of the scoring, the hosts conceded to Paul Hayes on the stroke of half time, but were level through Luke Guttridge in the 72nd minute.
Less than three minutes after Guttridge’s first for Daggers, Wycombe stole a late win with Paris Cowan-Hall’s header.
But despite being unable to end their wait for a first home win of the season, Labadie says there are positives to take going into the Barnet fixture.
“There are a lot of plus points we can take from the Wycombe game and there’s stuff we can build on as well.
“Everyone is competing now, giving their all and putting their heart and soul into it. I’m sure we’ll be all right.”