Still not concerned Daggers will slip out of play-off push

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 January 2018

Daggers Bondz N’Gala and Eastleigh's Ben Williamson battle for the ball (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers Bondz N’Gala and Eastleigh's Ben Williamson battle for the ball (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still is not panicking about slipping away from the National League promotion battle ahead of their clash with strugglers Solihull Moors this weekend.

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

The Daggers welcome The Moors to Victoria Road on Saturday (3pm) as they look to end their miserable run in form after only winning once in their last eight matches, following a 2-1 loss at Sutton.

Still’s men currently sit 10th in the National League table and are 10 points off the leaders Macclesfield Town but the manager is not worried as he has managed to come back in previous promotion and play-off battles during his career.

“I said before the game when I spoke to the players ‘I’ve had teams come back from bigger defecits than this’, but it’s tough, it’s not easy as you’ve got to go on a great run,” he said.

“We’ve just got to try winning as many games as we can to keep in and around that group. If winning it is out of the question, we’ve got to make sure we get in the play-offs, but I was very happy with how we stuck at it and kept going.”

Still, who is the only manager to have guided three different clubs to promotion to the Football League, claims Daggers are still in a good position and is confident his side can bounce back.

“It’s really weird, but I’ve been in the game so long and I’ve learnt to ride the highs and lows,” She added.

“I’ve had fantastic highs and disappointing lows, but it’s the response that you have to both, you can’t get too high on success and you can’t get too low on failure.

“We’re the leagues’ leading scorers, so we know we can score, but we need to make sure we don’t make the errors we have been.”

Daggers could be boosted by the return of defender Bondz N’Gala, who comes back from a two-month loan spell at rivals Leyton Orient, and Still admits improving his side’s defending could define their season.

“We know we can score goals, we have to work so terribly hard on our defending and that’s going to be the key to where we end up this season,” he said,

The Essex club will be keen to get a better result this time round after only just scraping a draw against The Moors at Damson Park thanks to a 94th-minute equaliser from Jake Howells.

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