O’Brien: Daggers have their confidence back
PUBLISHED: 15:30 04 March 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge keeper says midweek draw will boost team in York City fixture
Liam O’Brien says confidence is back at Dagenham & Redbridge ahead of yet another big home ‘six-pointer’ this weekend.
Daggers host York City with both teams currently stuck in the League Two relegation zone and in desperate need of a win.
The east Londoners head into the fixture on the back of a morale-boosting goalless draw at Notts County on Tuesday.
O’Brien himself was in top form to record just a third clean sheet of the league season for the club with several great saves at Meadow Lane.
While that game did not end in the victory Daggers required, it did bring to an end a run of five straight defeats.
And despite a few tough times in recent weeks, O’Brien knows the players now have the belief again and can use it to beat the Minstermen this weekend.
He said: “There were always smiles on the players’ faces, but it just wasn’t happening for us.
“Whether the luck was with us or not, we ended up playing really well at Notts County, getting the draw and we could have won. It’s just lifted us again.”
Even after picking up a point in the East Midlands, Daggers still have seven points to make up on Hartlepool United, who represent safety in 22nd place.
And with Pools having two games in hand, while Daggers have just 13 left in their season, it does look a difficult gap to bridge.
But O’Brien remains suitably calm as the season approaches its climax, noting there are still more than enough points on offer for Daggers to stay up, adding: “We knew before the start at Notts County that we had 42 points to play for and that’s enough to keep you up easily.
“If you get all of those points, you’d be pushing for the play-offs! It’s good to get a point at Notts County and we can build on that going into Saturday.”
When Daggers played York in October, the match ended in a 2-2 draw, even though the east Londoners led with 11 minutes remaining.
Another draw may simply not be good enough at the weekend, but O’Brien believes that if the team can play like they did on Tuesday, they can triumph.
“We were resilient. Notts County did not look like they were going to score and we created a lot of chances.
“If we take what we did into the York game, I think we’ll get three points. That’s it and the train starts going.”