Still ready for final push
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still has launched a promotion war cry ahead of two crucial home matches against Luton Town and Wycombe Wanderers this week, writes MIKE SIMMONDS. After spending most of the campaign in the top seven, Daggers dropped to 1
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still has launched a promotion war cry ahead of two crucial home matches against Luton Town and Wycombe Wanderers this week, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.
After spending most of the campaign in the top seven, Daggers dropped to 10th in League Two on Tuesday night, three points off a play-off place.
There are still 17 matches to be played though, and with nine of them at Victoria Road, Still revealed his side will be going all out for promotion.
"I'm going to do a battle cry, I'm going to go for it," stated the manager.
"We've had some great results this season, probably one or two more draws than we would like, but I want to attack and play the Dagenham way.
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"I really want us to play with a bit of freedom and a bit of 'come on' from now until the end of the season.
"I want to push my wide people higher, take the games to the other teams and outscore them.
"Two or three wins in a row changes everything, so that's what we'll be looking for us to do."
Both matches this week represent teams at the complete opposites of the spectrum. Luton are still a mammoth 21 points from safety after beginning the campaign on minus 30, while long-time leaders Wycombe lost top spot this week, although they have two games in hand over Brentford.
"I think Luton need to try and win five or six games on the trot just to give themselves a bit of light," said Still.
"I think Wycombe have good players, whether losing top spot will affect them I don't know.
"There are lots of teams in the league capable of beating Wycombe and Wycombe are capable of beating a lot of teams, it really is that competitive."
Winger Sam Saunders returns from suspension this weekend, but faces a battle for his place, with Jon Nurse scoring twice in the last three matches, while loan signing Doug Loft will also be out to earn a starting place.
Despite having a number of options to choose from, Still denied it would give him a selection headache.
"I haven't got any dilemmas whatsoever," smiled the boss.
"I always think players have dilemmas, not the managers. I look at the team and pick the best one I think can win the game, some people will be disappointed, but that's football."
Although the transfer window has now shut for another season, Daggers can still bring in players on loan and Still didn't rule out strengthening his squad further.
"We'll probably stay as we are for the minute, but that's not to say nothing will happen," said the manager.
"We've got two loans in already, but Aiden Palmer will go back once his loan is up, because Scott Griffiths is fit again.
"I might pursue him at the end of the season, but probably not now. I will look over the next few games and if I feel we needed another little push, I'll speak to the club.
"If we can do it, we'll do it, and if we can't, we won't. If I bring someone it has to be to play, because we don't need them to come and sit on the bench.