‘Good time to play Orient,’ insists Daggers captain

PUBLISHED: 11:30 07 October 2014

Daggers captain Abu Ogogo looks on after Exeter's equaliser (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Daggers captain Abu Ogogo looks on after Exeter's equaliser (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Abu Ogogo believes Dagenham can take advantage of uncertainty at Orient in JPT this evening

Dagenham & Redbridge captain Abu Ogogo believes now could be the perfect time to play local rivals Leyton Orient, with lots of uncertainty surrounding the Brisbane Road club.

The O’s are without a permanent manager after Russell Slade handed in his resignation recently following several approaches from Cardiff City, and he has now taken over as Cardiff boss.

Kevin Nugent remains in caretaker charge but his future isn’t certain and Daggers skipper is hoping his side can take advantage in tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match at Victoria Road.

Ogogo said: “They are a good team, in the league above and they made the play-offs last year.

“It will be a good local game and every time we play Leyton Orient it is a good game.

“Obviously we know a couple of their boys, Romain Vincelot was here so we are looking forward to it.

“There is a bit of uncertainty around there now with no manager so it is a good time to play them and hopefully we get the result.”

Ogogo played the last time the two teams faced each other in the JPT when they produced a stunning penalty shoot-out at Brisbane Road back in September 2011.

It finished 1-1 after 90 minutes and 27 penalties were scored in the resulting shoot-out, with Daggers eventually coming out on top.

The 24-year-old didn’t take a penalty, as he was subbed off at half time, but remembers the shoot-out.

“The last game was a bit nuts so hopefully we can get the win in 90 minutes,” said Ogogo.

“It was quite a long time ago because I can’t remember too much from the game.

“I remember the penalties though, they went on for ages but we won so it was good.”

Tonight’s match gives Daggers the perfect chance to put Friday’s home defeat to Exeter City behind them and Ogogo wants his side to move on from that disappointing defeat this evening.

He added: “We can hopefully put the Exeter game to bed now and we don’t have to wait a whole week for another game.

“We look forward to the derby against Orient at home and hopefully we can move on.”

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