Still: We are going for the win!
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still insists his side will be doing everything in their power to beat Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, despite only needing a draw to make sure of a League Two play-off place. The Daggers are two points ahead of their oppone
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still insists his side will be doing everything in their power to beat Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, despite only needing a draw to make sure of a League Two play-off place, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.
The Daggers are two points ahead of their opponents going into the last-day showdown at Victoria Road, and could even finish sixth if Rochdale lose at home to fifth-placed Gillingham, but Still won't be changing his tactics because of the occasion.
"One good thing about us is we only play one way," he said.
"If we get a draw, we get a draw, but we're going to try and win, that's the way we play, that's the way we're going to play.
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"To change the way you play is not right. We've gained all the success we've had at this club by playing a certain way.
"In the Conference season, we were top goalscorers and we're top goalscorers this year.
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"We play how we've set the team up to play and how we've coached them to play. That's been based over five years, so we can't suddenly base it over five days."
Daggers have never beaten Shrewsbury since they became a league club, with one draw and three defeats to their name, but according to Still, that doesn't count for anything now.
"We are capable of beating anyone in the top 10 and we've shown that," he said
"Shrewsbury are a good side, but Brentford and Bradford are good sides too.
"Saturday is an opportunity to extend our season and I've got no fears or worries, I'm very relaxed about it."
Striker Ben Strevens is expected to keep his place in the side, despite taking a blow to his ankle in the 3-0 victory at Notts County on Saturday, as Still looks to field an unchanged team.
"Ben is having treatment. He hasn't trained, but it doesn't look too bad and he's made decent progress," said the boss, who will have Jamie Guy fit, but not goalkeeper Tony Roberts.
"'Robbo' is not right yet, but he is making progress too. He may be back in contention if we get through, but we'll know more after the weekend."
Still also repeated the plea he made in the Recorder, for Daggers fans to fill Victoria Road on Saturday for what promises to be a thrilling finale.
"I would say there are 10,000 people that have some affinity to Dagenham, and maybe another 10,000 who were associated with the spin-offs like Ilford and Walthamstow Avenue," he said.
"Either they have played for Dagenham, supported Dagenham, been to a game, or just check the results in the paper.
"I want as many of those as possible to come on Saturday, you won't all get in, but come down and stand outside to cheer as well.
"Come and be a part of what can happen on Saturday, as we should try to get gates closed as we can't get anyone else in.
"There should be 5,000 people from Dagenham, and if we get that, it will give us a huge advantage."
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