Scott staying upbeat ahead of key games
12:30 27 February 2015
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Milestone defender keeping confident prior to crucial fixtures
Scott Doe has told his Dagenham & Redbridge team-mates not to get too down about last weekend’s defeat to Burton Albion ahead of key matches with relegation rivals over the next week.
Wayne Burnett’s team visit Mansfield Town on Saturday (tomorrow), before welcoming Hartlepool United to Victoria Road on Tuesday.
And the results in those two matches could go a long way to deciding Daggers fate this year.
But Doe, who has been in top form since Boxing Day, is calling on his team-mates to stay positive and continue their momentum over the next seven days.
He said: “You want to win every game, but the games you have to win are against those teams that are around you in the table.
“The way we have been playing we don’t fear anyone and we can’t get too down about the 3-1 defeat to Burton because we have been doing really well.
“People have asked me and I have not once thought could we get relegated? I know we have been down there, but we have too many good players.
“We have 14 games left and we have got to play quite a few of the teams around us still.”
Mansfield are first up for Daggers and they will travel to Field Mill in positive spirits.
They have recently earned success on the road so will go to the Stags confident.
“Our away form has been really, good so hopefully we can carry that on,” added Doe.
“We have been doing well away, so the lads are confident. We have gone to York, who are down there, and beaten them and done the same at Morecambe so things are looking good for us.”
Forward Billy Kee is expected to be involved against Daggers on Saturday and has a reputation for finding the net against the Victoria Road side.
The Scunthorpe United forward has only scored once since joining Stags on loan in January, but has netted four goals in his last five games against Burnett’s team.
Doe said: “I have played against Billy quite a few times and he is a good player.
“But Mansfield will be exactly the same as us, fighting for everything, but we feel confident and the way we have been playing away from home we feel we can go there and get a win.”
Doe recently made his 250th appearance for Daggers at Morecambe, but the achievement went under the radar.
Although pleased with reaching the milestone, the defender would rather he goes about his business quietly in the background.
“I didn’t know until someone said to me afterwards,” Doe added.
“It is another milestone, which is good for me personally and it is good at my age. I’m happy to have been able to get that many games.”
Burnett believes Doe is currently in the best form of his career and the defender agrees with that. He is just aiming to continue that, but is not getting too carried away.
“I think since Boxing Day when we played Stevenage I’ve probably been in my best form since we went up,” added Doe.
“But I just want to be quiet and keep getting on and doing what I have got to do really.”