Rochdale v Daggers MATCH PREVIEW
FOR Daggers boss John Still, the prospect of this weekend s trip to Rochdale must feel as though he is jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
FOR Daggers boss John Still, the prospect of this weekend's trip to Rochdale must feel as though he is jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Having suffered four defeats in a row recently, the manager managed to avoid recording his worst-ever run of Football League results with a surprise 1-0 win over second-placed Bournemouth on Saturday.
As reward for the achievement, the schedule compilers have asked Still and his players to build on any momentum gained by visiting runaway league leaders Rochdale this weekend.
The Dale are two points clear at the top of League Two, boast the best goal difference record in the division and are hot favourites to win the title.
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To add to the size of the task, Keith Hill's side have lost just one in their last 13 games and have taken 16 points from the last 18 available at Spotland.
Despite the daunting record on paper, Daggers could have considered themselves unlucky not have won when the two clubs met at Victoria Road this season.
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Since the first meeting, Hill has swooped to turn Chris O'Grady's loan from Oldham into a permanent move and signed four players on loan from Premier League clubs, including promising attacker Tope Adabeyi, who has been capped by England at under-19 level.
Rochdale have not been immune to the trappings of success either with star midfielder Will Buckley, who changed the game after his introduction at Victoria Road, having been snapped up by Championship side Watford in January.
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Last season, Daggers turned in one of their finest displays at Spotland as goals from Matt Ritchie and Paul Benson saw them run out 2-0 victors.
That result saw Still's men do the double after a come-from-behind 3-2 triumph at Victoria Road when Glen Southam netted the winner.
Their only other trip to Rochdale ended in a 1-0 reverse though as Danny Foster scored an own goal.
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