Daggers ready to rattle Shakers
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE will be out to end Bury s proud undefeated home record this weekend.
by MIKE SIMMONDS
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE will be out to end Bury's proud undefeated home record this weekend.
The Shakers, have not been beaten at Gigg Lane for 13 games, since September 12 when Cheltenham ran out surprise 2-1 winners and had won seven in a row up until their last outing, when Morecambe hung on for a 0-0 draw.
Since Daggers enjoyed a 3-1 victory over them in December, Alan Knill's men have lost just once to lift themselves into the hunt for automatic promotion.
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"They are a good team, with a good manager and should be there or thereabouts come the end of the season," said Daggers boss John Still.
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"At home especially they have been difficult to beat, but I have always loved the games, especially the tough ones."
Daggers can travel to their weekend hosts with confidence after two wins over Aldershot Town and Grimsby Town.
Striker Josh Scott is hitting his best goalscoring form of the season, with three in three matches, before goalless draw at Torquay in midweek.
"Josh had an injury recently and lost a bit of fitness, but he is doing very well right now," said the boss.
"He has the potential to be a very, very good player for us and he is still just learning his trade.
"He's powerful, quick, strong and can score goals for us.
"We do a lot of work with him in training on getting into the right positions in the box, and it's starting to pay off now, which is pleasing to see."
Another player who is hitting his best form for the club is Portsmouth loanee Marlon Pack, who put in an excellent display in the 2-0 victory over the Mariners on Saturday.
His loan runs out after this weekend's match, but Still is hoping to extend it for a final month.
"I don't know what the situation is with Portsmouth yet and I haven't asked, because they have a million problems at the moment," he said.
"But Marlon has been fantastic recently, and we are looking to keep him here for another month.
"I would also like to do something next season if I can, because I like him as a player, and he's a smashing lad too.
"Whether that is possible or not I don't know, but I will have a look at it."
Fellow loan signing Yoann Folly, whose move was exclusively revealed in the Post last week, made his debut on Saturday and if Pack does go back, then Daggers have a ready-made replacement to step in.
"I never thought I could get Yoann, so we're delighted he has come and he looked good on Saturday," said the boss.
"I didn't want to be in the position where Marlon went back and we had to start from scratch with a new player, so we're putting plenty of work in with them now."
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