Daggers may make changes for league trip to Bromley
PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 November 2018
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Essex club may make alterations owing to artificial surface used by Ravens
Peter Taylor admits he may have to make some changes to his Dagenham & Redbridge starting XI for the trip to Bromley in the Vanarama National League on Saturday.
This weekend will see Daggers play on an artificial surface for the second time this season, with the Ravens using a 3G pitch at their Hayes Lane home.
The last time Daggers played on an artificial surface was on November 3 when they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Sutton United in the league.
The 3G pitches used by some clubs in the division can often have an adverse affect on players, at times flaring up old injuries.
Taylor acknowledges that may force him to make some specific changes for Saturday’s trip to Bromley.
And the Daggers boss also pointed to playing on the 3G pitch offering a different challenge to what they will be used to in most other games this term.
“I know it’s on a 3G pitch, so it’s going to be a little different for the players, but we’ll prepare well,” said the 65-year-old.
“Some players don’t enjoy playing on that surface. Our performance against Sutton was OK, but not top-drawer and that’s something I’ll look at.”
Taylor could also find himself sweating on the fitness of Conor Wilkinson for Saturday’s trip to Bromley.
The forward, who recently joined on loan from Gillingham, marked his Daggers debut on Saturday with the first goal for the Essex club in a 2-1 win at home to Fylde.
Wilkinson, though, appeared to go over on his ankle soon after scoring and was later replaced in the second half.
After such promising debut, Taylor will hope Wilkinson is fit to face the Ravens on Saturday as he looks for more of the same from the attacker.
“If Conor can get half a yard, he’ll hit the target,” added the Daggers manager.
“It was a fantastic finish and it was a goal that got us back in the game against Fylde.
Daggers head to Bromley in good form having won three of their last four matches, a run that has followed five straight league defeats and Taylor is pleased with the upturn in form.
“We’re happy with our form and if we can get two wins in every three games, I’ll be delighted. We’ll know then that we’ll get up that table and get safe,” he said.