Daggers v Shrewsbury MATCH PREVIEW

THERE won t be many Daggers fans who had that much sympathy when Shrewsbury lost out 1-0 to Gillingham in the League Two play-off Final at Wembley back in May. For it was at Victoria Road that the Shrews sealed their place in the play-offs, coming out on

THERE won't be many Daggers fans who had that much sympathy when Shrewsbury lost out 1-0 to Gillingham in the League Two play-off Final at Wembley back in May, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.

For it was at Victoria Road that the Shrews sealed their place in the play-offs, coming out on top in the winner-takes-all clash on the final day of the campaign.

That they won was fair enough, but the way in which some of their fans celebrated after the final whistle, goading the home supporters, didn't sit too well with some of the Daggers faithful.

Shrews manager Paul Simpson has had to make major changes to his side this season, with three of his major players having left the club.


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Striker Grant Holt joined Norwich, while winger Chris Humphrey, who gave Scott Griffiths such a torrid time, moved to Motherwell, while influential captain and classy midfielder Ben Davies signed for Notts County.

The boss has recruited well though, bringing in the likes of former Brighton duo Nathan Elder and Jake Robinson up front, while Craig Disley joined from Bristol Rovers and Lewis Neal moved from Carlisle.

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It's been a promising start for the club too, as they got off to a 3-1 opening day win over Burton Albion, before holding Championship side Ipswich Town to a 3-3 draw in the Carling Cup, although losing out on penalties.

They picked up a 2-2 draw at Barnet on Saturday, to remain unbeaten, and like Daggers, look like they have plenty of goals in them this season.

TEAM NEWS

Daggers: The game comes too early for both Jon Nurse and Anwar Uddin, although both are back in training, while Mark Nwokeji is still out.

Shrews: Mike Jackson (bone bruising) and Lewis Neal (ankle) are expected to miss out again as Town had no new injury worries over the weekend.

WE'VE MET BEFORE

Finally, Daggers have a history with their opponents after playing three new teams!

The Shrews easily hold the advantage in previous visits, winning all three of the encounters last season, including a thumping 5-0 victory in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

They have managed five wins and a draw in club's seven encounters, with Daggers only success coming back in the Conference 2003/04 season, when they thumped Shrews 5-0 with Chris Moore (2), Chris Piper, Richard Pacquette and Lee Goodwin all scoring.

ONE TO WATCH

Jake Robinson - his career stalled rather at Brighton, but since moving to Shrewsbury, he has scored twice in three games this season and is forging a dangerous partnership with Elder

FROM THE DUGOUT

"It's always a difficult place to go, they've made a lot of changes over the summer, as have we, and we'll go there with a lot of confidence," Shrews manager Paul Simpson.

PREDICTION

Night games are always cracking affairs at Daggers, so expect no difference with both sides creating chances in a 1-1 draw.

Can Daggers end their poor run of results against Shrewsbury tonight? Email: mike.simmonds@archant.co.uk

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