Dagenham boss hails squad options ahead of Wrexham trip

George Saunders of Dagenham and Redbridge scores the second goal for his team and celebrates during

Daggers winger George Saunders was praised by boss Daryl McMahon. - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Daryl McMahon revealed his delight at having so many options at his disposal as the fixtures begin to pile up in the National League. 

The Daggers will make the long trip away to big spenders Wrexham on Saturday (September 18) for one of their biggest tests yet this campaign. 

The boss praised the likes of Myles Weston and George Saunders, who have been in and out of the line-up. 

“We know what Westy can do, he’s a big threat so is George, I thought George was absolutely outstanding in that second half (in the 2-1 win against King's Lynn Town),” McMahon said. 

“Some of his footwork and positional play was terrific. Maz (Mauro Vilhete) when he gets into those pockets one v one, we know he’s a threat as well. 

Myles Weston of Dagenham scores the fourth goal for his team and celebrates during Dagenham & Redbri

Myles Weston celebrates scoring against Bromley last month - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo


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“We’ve got those players, the attitude and application from our whole squad so far this season has been terrific. 

“We lost three or four key players at the start of the season, but anyone coming in their work ethic has been terrific. 

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“George is as exciting as any player in this division for me, when he gets the ball on one v one, Myles is the same, Mauro as well. They can do things that excite our fans and us on the bench. 

“It’s important they keep up their goal involvements.” 

Midfielders Dean Rance and Harry Phipps featured in the King’s Lynn win to put themselves back in contention while Mo Sagaf, Joey Jones and Scott Wilson could all return from injury for the trip to Wrexham. 

Harry Phipps of Dagenham and Redbridge during Dagenham & Redbridge vs Wealdstone , Vanarama National

Harry Phipps featured in last week's win over King's Lynn Town - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Captain Angelo Balanta remains sidelined but other than that McMahon has almost a fully fit squad to choose from. 

“I’ve been manager for 18 months, I've not been able to pick him, and I chucked him in today (Saturday). It was probably too early for him to start a game, but I thought he worked ever so hard for us. 

“Deano (Rance) is back, again he’ll need some time to get his fitness levels back up. Hopefully this week we’ll have Mo and Joey back to bolster the squad.” 

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