We are lacking confidence, says Daggers assistant

17:30 27 December 2014

Jamie Cureton scored Dagenham & Redbridge's last goal, against Bury on November 29 (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Jamie Cureton scored Dagenham & Redbridge's last goal, against Bury on November 29 (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Wayne Burnett’s side won twice at Roots Hall last season

Daggers Darren Currie (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).Daggers Darren Currie (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie admits his side are lacking in confidence ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Southend United.

The Victoria Road club make the short trip to Roots Hall, for a 3pm kick-off, to face their local rivals on the back of three consecutive defeats.

Charlie Lee of Stevenage and Scott Doe of Dagenham & Redbridge battle in the air (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Charlie Lee of Stevenage and Scott Doe of Dagenham & Redbridge battle in the air (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

They have also failed to score in those losses and Wayne Burnett’s number two admits they need to put that right.

Currie said: “I don’t want the boys to go to Southend with the confidence they have at the minute because they haven’t got any.

“The beauty of the game, whether you win or lose, is that there is never another one too far away.

“We have got another opportunity on Sunday, in a local derby, and the boys have got to get over the disappoint of losing to Stevenage quickly.

“The last three games haven’t been great, far from it, but we have an opportunity to put it right for ourselves, as well as the fans and everyone else connected with the football club.

“But if you don’t score goals you are going to find it very difficult to win football games and we recognise that.”

The lack of goals is becoming a worry, and Currie admits the key for Daggers to move up the table is to be better in both penalty areas.

He admits all the coaching staff will be doing everything they can to get the players spirits lifted ahead.

A positive omen ahead of the match at Roots Hall is Daggers won on both occasions they visited Southend’s home last season - achieving a 5-2 success in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and a 1-0 win in the league.

“We spend a lot of time talking and worrying about what opponents are going to do and what formations they are going to play,” added Currie.

“But we have just got to be better in both boxes. It has got to really hurt for us to concede and it has got to matter like our lives depend on it when we are attacking the other end.

“I am not saying that hasn’t been the case, but it certainly has to be the case every time you step on the pitch.

“We will do everything we can to lift them, whether it will be a conversation about the recent form we have had at Southend or just trying to get amongst them and lift there spirits.

“One way or another we have got to lift them because they are certainly very low and we obviously don’t want to be in the form we are in or the position we are in. We have got to lift the boys, but they also have to lift themselves as well.”


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