Dagenham & Redbridge blog: Better is required after Worthing loss
PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 December 2016
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Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2016/17 season
Dagenham & Redbridge host Solihull Moors this weekend, desperate for a first home win since October 25. After Saturday’s humiliating 2-1 defeat at home to Worthing in the FA Trophy, the Essex club have not won any of their last five at home – something that needs to drastically change and fast.
When Daggers visited Moors at Damson Park in September, the Victoria Road outfit romped to a 5-2 success at a time when the hosts were still adapting to life in non-league’s top flight. Solihull were plagued in their early matches by a failure to get back into games after going behind, leading to heavy defeats against sides like Daggers and York City. In their first nine league games, which ended with the visit of Daggers, Solihull had conceded 17 goals. Over their next 14 league matches, Moors have again conceded 17 goals, though of course this is over a longer spell. Solihull have also been able to pick up crucial wins against relegation rivals Maidstone United, Braintree Town and North Ferriby United since we played them last.
Despite Solihull’s lowly league position, it should be a tough game for Daggers on Saturday because of their poor home form of late. With Moors also being a side that enjoys the physical side of the game, the Daggers defence will have to front up more than they have done recently. The Essex club’s loss to Worthing was one of the shocks of the round, even if the hosts changed their squad slightly. Josh Staunton did the best he could at right back, but lacks the pace to stay with opposition wingers. Magnus Okuonghae still lacks match sharpness, while Andre Boucaud was not his usual self.
Hopefully a better result this week, come on you Daggers!
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