Dagenham must continue to believe in themselves ahead of Southend clash

Dagenham celebrate the FA Cup winner against Wealdstone

Dagenham celebrate the FA Cup winner against Wealdstone - Credit: Jon Taffel

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Daryl McMahon insists his players need to just keep believing in themselves then the results will come ahead of the local derby against Southend United. 

Daggers will welcome the Shrimpers to Victoria Road on Saturday as they meet for the first time since March, 2015 when Southend won 3-1. 

It is all change at Southend as Jason Demetriou is now caretaker manager after the club parted company with Phil Brown last week. 

The 33-year-old guided Southend to a 4-1 win over Chertsey Town in the FA Cup in his first match in charge although it is still a turbulent time at the club with protests ongoing towards owner Ron Martin following the club’s fall from League One down to the National League. 

“We’re sixth in the league, 25 per cent through the season, and we’ve been the sixth best team in the league,” McMahon said. 

“You could argue with the performances and results in that week period that we deserved more points than we got. Maybe some decisions as well. 

“Our standards have been set, we’ve moved the club along way in 12 months, and I don’t think it’s a springboard we just need to believe in ourselves and keep working, take it one game at a time. 

Dagenham forward Scott Wilson takes aim against Wealdstone

Dagenham forward Scott Wilson takes aim against Wealdstone - Credit: Jon Taffel

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“I’m sure by the end of the season we’ll be competing with everyone.” 

Demetriou does not expect to be in the dug-out for Saturday’s trip to Dagenham & Redbridge. 

“I think they’re expecting to make an appointment early next week,” said Demetriou. 

“The latest will be Thursday we’re being told. The boys won Monday off, but I’m happy to carry on until whenever the new manager comes in.” 

Dagenham head into the clash on the back of a 2-1 comeback with 10 men away to Wealdstone on Saturday thanks to a brace from Angelo Balanta in the final three minutes of play.

McMahon’s men have since been drawn at home to League Two big spenders Salford City in the first round of the FA Cup.

The tie is due to be played on Saturday, November 6 with the winners receiving £22, 629 in prize money which would be a massive boost to the club financially.

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