Porter: Silence Dons fans and get a result
PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 November 2014
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Daggers winger discusses important league fixture with London rivals this weekend
George Porter believes it is vital Dagenham & Redbridge pick up a result this weekend when they face his former club AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.
Wayne Burnett’s side languish 21st in the League Two standings, just five points behind the Dons who are currently 17th.
Neither side has won in the league since October 11, when Daggers picked up an excellent 2-1 victory at Accrington Stanley.
And Porter believes they can get another result on the road at Wimbledon.
He said: “The league is the main priority for us at the moment, especially where we are in the league at this time.
“It is vital we get a result on Saturday and being away from home maybe there is a little bit less pressure on us.
“We haven’t had too many good results at home so it is kind of good to go away and play on other people’s pitches and see if we can get a result.”
Porter is unsure whether he will receive some stick from the Wimbledon fans after leaving the club in January.
The 22-year-old moved to the Dons from Burnley on a season-long loan deal in July 2013, but departed after just seven months.
But he is still in contact with a lot of players at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and is looking forward to the London derby.
“I was on loan there last season,” added Porter.
“I still talk to a few of the players there.
“It is not too far from where I live, about 45 minutes, so it is a local one.
“It will be good to go back there and see what the fans have got to say. I am not too sure if I will get some stick!”
Porter admits the Dons have good support, but believes Daggers could enjoy playing on Wimbledon’s surface.
And he has backed the Victoria Road outfit to pick up a win.
Porter added: “We could go there and try and upset their fans.
“They have quite a good following at home, but if we can get under their skin early doors hopefully we can get a result.
“It is a tight ground, it is close to the pitch and a good surface as well, so hopefully we get the win.”