Dagenham & Redbridge: Dan Sparkes wants Daggers to sink Ebbsfleet United to end losing streak
PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 December 2017
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Daggers have lost their last three in all competitions ahead of trip to Kent
Dan Sparkes is pleased the festive period sees Dagenham & Redbridge play so often, believing it gives the Essex club a chance to quickly end their losing streak.
Daggers head for Ebbsfleet United in the National League on Saturday, where they will hope to snap a three-game losing run in all competitions.
After losing at Hereford in the FA Trophy earlier this month, the Victoria Road outfit were beaten at home to Eastleigh on Saturday and went down at Leyton Orient in Boxing Day in the league.
Despite their poor recent run of form, Daggers are still positioned near the top of the table.
And Sparkes knows a swift return to winning ways against the Fleet this weekend will boost Daggers’ chances of achieving their aims this term.
“When you lose a game, it’s good to have another so close. The performance and work rate was there against Leyton Orient, it was just the final ball that let us down,” said the 26-year-old.
“We’ll roll over a team very soon. It’s very frustrating to lose two in a row in the league because we’re not going for the play-offs, we’re going for the title.
“We need to improve going forward, especially the final ball, and hopefully we can get some wins.”
The festive period is often one of the busiest times in the football calendar, with Daggers playing four times between December 23 and January 1, including two matches against their local rivals Orient.
Footballers are often called into training on Christmas Day, and Sparkes revealed Daggers are no exception.
But the former Torquay United man says footballers cannot complain about the busy festive period, saying they all know what they are signing up for as professionals.
“It’s not a difficult time, we’ve got a good job and it’s our life. If that means you can’t have a few mince pies, so be it,” he added.
“Everyone is professional and doing the right thing. We all went to training on Christmas Day and did a bit of work individually ahead of playing Leyton Orient.”
The trip to Ebbsfleet this weekend will be the final time Daggers play in 2017.
And Sparkes is keen for the Essex club to sign off the calendar year in style.
“Our aim is to win the league, so we’ll keep working hard and keep going forward,” he said.