Daggers boss ready for biggest test

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still has laid down the gauntlet to his players ahead of tonight s encounter with leaders Brentford at Victoria Road. A victory for the Bees would guarantee them promotion, but with Daggers just three points away from the

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still has laid down the gauntlet to his players ahead of tonight's encounter with leaders Brentford at Victoria Road, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.

A victory for the Bees would guarantee them promotion, but with Daggers just three points away from the play-offs, a win for them would move them into that coveted seventh spot.

"Its going to be a tough game, but it's going to be a great game," said Still, who was clearly excited about the prospect.

"We can go at it and really have a go. I felt a little while back we needed to win three games, we've won one against Bradford, so there are three more to go.


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"It's almost a spare game for us and let's try and win it. I don't want to draw, I want to lose it by trying to win, it if that's what it takes."

The boss also reiterated his demand for supporters to pack out Victoria Road, as Brentford have sold out their allocation, and it will undoubtedly be the biggest crowd of the season.

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"I said in the Recorder last week, if you've got any care for this club, you've got to get here," he said.

"I thought the crowd wasn't massive on Saturday, but they got behind the team. The away support helped get the atmosphere right and we responded to that.

"I say to everyone, even if you aren't a Dagenham supporter, be proud of what this club has achieved, come along and give us a real lift."

Striker Paul Benson, who netted his 18th of the campaign in Saturday's 3-0 defeat of Bradford City agreed with his manager's views and confirmed the players would be doing their utmost to gain promotion this year.

"While there's a hope of getting into the playoffs, we'll keep battling," he said.

"It was difficult against Bradford, it was a real battle and we had to work our socks off to get the result.

"We've just got to go into every game now with that attitude, where we can make these play-offs.

"If we can make them with a bit of form, then a few of the clubs who might just be taking their foot off the pedals will find it difficult to play us."

Can Daggers see off the challenge of leaders Brentford? Email your views to: sport@ilfordrecorder.co.uk

The Recorder is now on Twitter, so if you follow twitter.com/Recorder_DagRed then you will get up to the minute updates on goings on at Victoria Road.

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