Spiller likely to miss out for Daggers
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still faces a selection dilemma ahead of Saturday s home match with Bradford City. Midfielder Danny Spiller is expected to miss the clash after injuring his groin in the 2-0 win over Darlington on Saturday, leaving the bo
by MIKE SIMMONDS
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still faces a selection dilemma ahead of Saturday's home match with Bradford City.
Midfielder Danny Spiller is expected to miss the clash after injuring his groin in the 2-0 win over Darlington on Saturday, leaving the boss with an interesting choice to make.
Youngster Tommy Tejan-Sie replaced the former Gillingham man against the Quakers, but Still could also choose Jon Nurse, Billy Bingham or Graeme Montgomery to fill the void.
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"I don't think that Danny will play this week, but we're hoping he isn't out for too long and I have some exciting options as TJ, Billy Bingham, 'Monty' and 'Nursey' can all come into the side," said Still, who expects striker Josh Scott to shake off an ankle injury.
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"I looked at the bench on Saturday and just thought that TJ had been outstanding in games lately and I felt this time it should be him.
"Although he is a central midfielder, he can play wide, and I thought it might be easier to put him on the wing, but it wouldn't have mattered. He's very, very clever on the ball, and it's up to me to make that decision now."
Bradford have been in the bottom rung of English football since they were relegated in the 2006-07 season. Manager Stuart McCall threatened to quit after a 3-0 loss at Victoria Road last season, but opted to stay on, although a home defeat against Crewe at the weekend saw them slip to 11th in the table.
"I think possibly the expectation of the club is a burden," admitted Still.
"I'm glad Stuart has stayed on, he's a likeable guy and passionate about his club. He does look upon it as his club, he wants to be successful for himself, but for the club too and every credit to him for that. I think he's in the John Still mould that wants success for the club and I admire him for that."
In terms of wage budget and attendances, Daggers are dwarfed by Saturday's opponents, but it's what happens on the pitch that matters, and Still's side are already seven points above the Bantams. After a superb start to the season, and four wins from five on home soil, the boss believes his side are more than a match for anyone in League Two.
"Peter Thorne and Mickey Boulding are there, so they have some quality in the team," said the boss.
"The report on them was that they are a decent, well-balanced side and a competitive team, and I would expect nothing different from their manager. But we've earned the right to consider ourselves one of the stronger teams at the moment, so we shouldn't fear it at all.
"I hope that we get a good crowd, some good entertainment, and a good result for us too."
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