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Grimsby Town v Dagenham & Redbridge preview

PUBLISHED: 14:47 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 August 2010

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14:  Grimsby Town caretaker manager Neil Woods looks on during the Coca Cola League Two Match between Northampton Town and Grimsby Town at Sixfields Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: Grimsby Town caretaker manager Neil Woods looks on during the Coca Cola League Two Match between Northampton Town and Grimsby Town at Sixfields Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE will be up against a Grimsby Town side still aiming to earn a first win for new manager Neil Woods at the weekend, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE will be up against a Grimsby Town side still aiming to earn a first win for new manager Neil Woods at the weekend, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.

The Mariners relieved Mike Newell of his services in October after a year in charge, during which time he only won 13 from 54 matches, losing 29 in that time.

Youth-team coach Woods was put in temporary charge at Blundell Park, and despite a number of managers throwing their name into the hat, including former boss Russell Slade, recently sacked by Brighton, the board decided to stick with Woods.

In the eight games he has overseen, his side have drawn four and lost four, so they will be out to taste victory for the first time since September 19, 11 games ago, when they won 2-0 at Torquay United.

They have gone almost three months without a win at home, and also crashed out of the FA Cup 2-0 in front of their own fans to Blue Square South side Bath City.

On taking the job, Woods, who made over 200 appearances for the Mariners during his playing career, said: "I'm delighted but I did take my time to throw my hat into the ring.

"I've a lot of affection for the club. I've taken my time and I'm very confident we can turn it around."

History is on Daggers' side in this fixture as since becoming a Football League club they haven't lost to Grimsby, winning two and drawing two.

Last season, Jon Nurse's strike secured a 1-1 draw at Blundell Park, while in 2007-08, John Still's side enjoyed an emphatic 4-1 triumph, thanks to a double for Dave Rainford and goals from Ben Strevens and Ross Smith.

While Daggers were enjoying a weekend off on Saturday, Grimsby picked up another point as they held Macclesfield to a goalless draw at Moss Rose.

The result wasn't enough to lift them out of the League Two relegation zone, as they remain in danger of being cut adfrift.

Speaking after the game, Woods said: "It was back in the right direction, but that is the sort of competiveness and football I expect each week.

"It's not going for us at the minute, we're not having the luck with the ball.

"We've got to stick with it, things aren't quite falling for us, but we're going the right way.


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