Dagenham & Redbridge blog: Stop messing with the keepers

PUBLISHED: 13:30 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:01 09 March 2017

Elliot Justham of Dagenham & Redbridge in action at Gateshead (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Elliot Justham of Dagenham & Redbridge in action at Gateshead (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2016/17 season

Ahead of the visit of Forest Green Rovers in the National League this weekend, Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still needs sort out his keepers. Elliot Justham was replaced by Mark Cousins for the Maidstone United match, before returning immediately for the trip to Gateshead. Against Maidstone, Cousins looked nervous on his first league start of the season and gifted the opposition a goal, only for it to be ruled out. Justham, meanwhile, hasn’t been at his best in recent weeks, but dropping him for the Stones match was the wrong decision. Cousins is a good keeper, but his kicking has not improved and is nowhere near as good as Justham’s.

With Curtley Williams returning to full fitness, it should mean we see a natural full-back on the right side of defence rather than a centre-back, like Scott Doe has done recently. Consistency at the back is key heading into the business end of the campaign.

Daggers host a Rovers side this weekend who are the top scorers in the division, netting 71 times in 34 games. Former Daggers forward Christian Doidge has surprised everyone this season by notching 18 league goals so far, double that of Rovers’ second top-scorer in Keanu Marsh-Brown. Seven of those 71 have also come from another former Daggers attacker in Rhys Murphy, though he is now on loan at Crawley Town in League Two.

Three points are needed this weekend, so come on you Daggers!

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