Dagenham & Redbridge not thinking about sneaking into the play-offs

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Paul McCallum celebrates a goal with his team-mates

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Paul McCallum celebrates a goal with his team-mates - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Dagenham & Redbridge are not thinking about sneaking into the National League play-offs and are solely focused on continuing their unbeaten run to the end of the season. 

Daggers are eight games unbeaten as they head into the final two fixtures and sit just four points off the play-offs places. 

They make the trip to play-off chasing Chesterfield on Saturday before hosting Wrexham but results would have to go their way in order for them to sneak in. 

“It’s too far for us, we’ll see what happens in the games, but we’re not thinking about it. We want to finish as high as we can and as close to the play-offs as we can, that’s what we’ll be trying to do, and build on that for next season,” manager Daryl McMahon said. 

“I think we’ve shown in the last 25 games where we have played some really good stuff and things coming together then in the last six weeks that we’ve got the rewards from that and the players have been great.” 


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He added: “I’ve said this before, we don’t really care who we play, we’re going to go and try to win every game. 

“I’m sure we still are the in-form team in the division, which we have been for quite a while now, although it feels like we haven’t gone anywhere from 11th place. 

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“We’ve got to go there with confidence, put in another good performance, and enjoy it. There is not many times in your career when you’re playing so well that you enjoy it. 

“It’s tough when you’re not playing well and getting stick so the players have got to go express themselves.” 

The boss is facing a selection headache with so many of his squad in form as George Saunders returned to the starting line-up last time out while Myles Weston impressed from the bench. 

George Saunders of Dagenham scores the first goal for his team and celebrates with his team mates du

George Saunders of Dagenham scores the first goal for his team and celebrates with his team mates during Dagenham & Redbridge vs Solihull Moors, Vanarama National League Football at the Chigwell Construction Stadium on 17th April 2021 - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

“Really well, George hasn’t played since Solihull Moors at home, and it’s credit to his fitness levels and his energy system naturally that he got through the game," he added. 

“We did think about taking him off for Westy, but we wanted to try get him through 90, as he’s not had enough 90s this season for various reasons. 

“He (Myles Weston) came on and was excellent, he’s so reliable, when you get him the ball he’s going to beat people and cross it into the box with quality as well. 

“Another one similar to Mauro (Vilhete), his attitude and application is great and they’re both great in the changing room.” 

Midfielder Mohammad Sagaf could also potentially return from injury. 

“We’re hoping Mo will be back this week, probably Thursday or Friday, providing he gets through the first part of the week. If not for Chesterfield, then for Wrexham," said McMahon. 

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