Chambers primed to face friendly foe
PUBLISHED: 09:30 18 September 2015
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Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder could come up against former team mate against Newport County
Having shared a flat with Matt Partridge last year, Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Ashley Chambers says it will be weird to go up against his former team-mate when Newport County visit Victoria Road on Saturday.
Partridge left Daggers last month by mutual consent, just two months into a one-year deal he had signed in the summer.
The defender has since joined the Exiles and could make a return to east London this weekend.
And having spent time with Partridge on and off the field, Chambers is confident he knows what to expect.
“It’ll be very strange because I spent a lot of time with him last season as we shared the club flat,” said Chambers.
“It’ll be nice to see him. Unfortunately things didn’t work out at Dagenham for him, but he’s gone on and found another club.
“He’s a good player and we know what his strengths and weaknesses are. Hopefully we’ll come out on top.”
Dagenham head into this weekend’s match still searching for their first triumph at home this season.
But they can take confidence from the fact they have won twice since they last played at Victoria Road.
Despite losing their last match away to Carlisle United, Chambers believes Daggers can break their duck at home against Newport on Saturday.
He added: “We’ve found our identity of how we want to play, but we can still get better on top of that. We’ve found a way that we want to go, but there’s plenty more to improve on and get better as it goes on.
“Hopefully there are more unbeaten runs throughout the season.”
One way Chambers can help Daggers embark on another good run of form is by scoring goals.
The midfielder is yet to find the net this season despite looking lethal in pre-season.
But Chambers is confident he will start getting his name on the scoresheet again sooner rather than later.
“It’s something I need to work on and do need to bring. I can’t just bring hard work and everything like that,” he added.
“I need to bring goals and assists and affect the team’s results.”
Should Chambers find the net against Newport this weekend, then he could set Daggers well on their way to a first home win of the season.
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