Bantams pose no fear for Still
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still has backed his side to continue their unbeaten away record at Bradford City on Saturday
by MIKE SIMMONDS
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still has backed his side to continue their unbeaten away record at Bradford City on Saturday.
The Bantams are under new management with former England under-21 boss and Leicester City supremo Peter Taylor now in charge, after he took over from Stuart McCall.
He has already stamped his mark on the side, releasing striker Peter Thorne, Mickey Boulding, Rory Boulding and Chris Brandon, while signing Liverpool's Robbie Threlfall and Hull City's Ryan Kendall on loan.
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"Peter knows his job more than me, and he'll know if he is planning for next season," said Daggers boss Still, who has seen his side undefeated on their travels for four matches, with three draws and one victory.
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"You can bet one thing about a team managed by Peter though - it will be well organised and hard to beat.
"The players enjoy going to the likes of Bradford though and playing in the big games and we will go there looking to win, there is no doubt about that.
"We have nine games left now and I want us to give it a real push to make the play-offs.
"I'm pleased with our form recently, we are playing well and looking good defensively.
"There are no injury worries either, as 'Anny' (Anwar Uddin) is now fit, while Will Antwi will have a reserve team game this week."
Although wary of the threat Daggers possess, Bantams boss Taylor was also looking forward to meeting up with both Still and assistant manager Terry Harris at the weekend.
"John and I are really close friends and his assistant Terry Harris was my assistant when I first started as a manager with four years at Dartford and then another one with Enfield," he said.
"John is a real football man and different class as a manager.
"He can spot a player and his contacts in the game are second to none. Dagenham & Redbridge will always be a very strong team while John is there.
"They are a dangerous side to play against. John always produces good players but unfortunately he has to sell some of the best ones at times.
"I know he hasn't been top drawer lately but I'm sure he will be here on Saturday and no doubt getting better.
"I'm sure I will be speaking to John and Terry afterwards and look forward to sharing a glass with them."
Still doesn't expect to make any alterations to his strike-force for the clash, despite leading scorer Paul Benson stretching his run without a goal to six games in the 3-1 win over Macclesfield Town on Saturday.
"We have tweaked his role a touch recently as teams have been defending deep against us and we have been getting him to try and pull centre halves out of position," said the boss.
"He's a goalscorer and the thing with goalscorers, is that they always score goals.
"I've been through it before and I've not even mentioned it to him to be honest.
"I want 'Benno' to score, but I also want the team to score, and we did that on the weekend."