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Preview: Dagenham (A)

24 January 2020

We head to east London this weekend for our third meeting of the season with Dagenham and Redbridge.

We’ve beaten them at Meadow Lane twice already – in the reverse league fixture and the second round of the Buildbase FA Trophy – and we’ll look to complete a hat-trick at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

It’s also an opportunity to move to 10 games unbeaten in all competitions and go two calendar months without defeat in the league.

Our form since the end of November has seen us climb back into the play-offs and we’ll look to solidify a spot in the top seven at Victoria Road.

Dagenham, meanwhile, are seeking their first win under new manager Daryl McMahon as he makes his bow in the home dugout.

Our Trophy victory came in his only match in charge of the Daggers so far because last week’s trip to Barnet was postponed.

He’ll be looking to lead his side to their first league win since 16 November, when they thumped Aldershot 6-1.

Their disappointing run of form has left them outside of the dropzone on goal difference alone.

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Neal Ardley says…

“It’ll be a tougher game than two weeks ago because Dagenham’s home form is a lot better than their away and the manager has had two more weeks to work with his players.

“I expect them to be more tuned into his ideas this time around so it’ll be a harder match.

“We’ve ground out results recently and that’s been the key. We need to maintain really good form just to stay in the play-offs.

“We’ll keep digging in and ploughing away to continue fighting on all fronts.”

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McMahon says…

“We’ve almost had a winter pre-season which has been helpful because it’s allowed me to get to know a lot more about the group and learn strengths and weaknesses.

“I was only in for four days ahead of the FA Trophy game and I thought the lads played really well in that, but we’ll be a slightly different team than we were that day.

“A wonder-goal separated the two teams last time. Notts shaded the first half but I thought we were just about the better side in the second and the stats reflect how tight it was.

“They’re a very good outfit and we’re looking to gauge where we’re at when we face them.”

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Team news

We were dealt a blow when Sam Slocombe went down with an injury in training on Friday, so Ross Fitzsimons has been recalled from his loan at Chesterfield to deputise in goal.

Another possible absentee is Damien McCrory, who sat out training on Thursday.

In more positive news, Jim O’Brien could travel as he continues his comeback from injury, while new boy Cal Roberts will hope to make his debut after signing on Monday.

Dagenham’s Harry Phipps has been in full training this week as he recovers from a spell on the sidelines, but Angelo Balanta has only had a slight involvement and is looking at next Saturday for a return.

New striker Alex Reid is in line for a debut following his arrival on loan from Stevenage, as will former Peterborough defender Gabriel Zakuani, who has joined until the end of the campaign.

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Head to head

The wonder-goal McMahon refers to above came from the left foot of Michael Doyle as he opened his account for the club with a 50-yard stunner to win the game in stoppage time a fortnight ago.

Kristian Dennis had opened the scoring early in the second half before Mitch Brundle scrambled home a leveller, but the skipper’s dramatic effort meant we avoided a replay.

Dennis was also on target in our October league meeting, adding to Regan Booty’s first goal at Meadow Lane as we secured a 2-0 win.

Our last victory at Dagenham came almost 10 years ago to the day, with Ben Davies, Lee Hughes and an Abu Ogogo own goal giving us a comfortable three points on 26 January 2010.

We’ve visited twice since, losing 3-1 in April 2011 and drawing 1-1 in September 2015.

The officials

Referee: Sam Allison

Assistants: Adam Ricketts and Ryan Head

Fourth official: Craig Pullen

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Match Reports

Dagenham 2-0 Notts

We slip to defeat with 10 men

25 January 2020

We suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Dagenham and Redbridge on a frustrating afternoon when Michael Doyle also saw red.

The Irishman was shown a second yellow card shortly after debutant Alex Reid had scored the first of his two goals, which came against the run of play after we'd made the better start to the second half.

Neal Ardley made four changes to the side that drew with Dover Athletic in their last league outing.

There was a debut for Cal Roberts, who replaced the bench-bound Sam Osborne, while Ross Fitzsimons took the injured Sam Slocombe’s place between the sticks after being recalled from his loan at Chesterfield yesterday.

Damien McCrory didn’t travel due to injury, allowing Zoumana Bakayogo to reclaim a starting berth, and up front Kristian Dennis, who scored in both of our matches against the Daggers earlier this season, was favoured to Wes Thomas.

We made a bright start to the game with Dennis having two early chances to continue his scoring streak against the Londoners.

Within the opening five minutes he saw a deflected effort held by goalkeeper Elliot Justham and, moments later, a brilliant piece of distribution from Fitzsimons played the forward in one-on-one. Justham was quickly off his line and Dennis was unable to dink the ball over him with his weaker right foot.

Dennis continued to prove a menace for the Daggers’ defence as he unleashed a sweetly-struck 20-yard effort on 13 minutes. It didn’t have the direction to trouble Justham, though, and as Dagenham launched their retort Michael Doyle entered the book for a challenge from behind on Sam Deering.

The hosts’ first threatening moment came on 17 minutes when their breakaway down the right resulted in Chike Kandi dragging his low shot across the face of goal and wide of the far stick.

Dagenham had to wait less than a minute for their next opportunity as Fitzsimons was called upon to make an instinctive save with his legs, denying marauding wing back Liam Gordon a goal from inside the area.

And, minutes later, Daryl McMahon’s side had another opportunity to break the deadlock when Justham’s long kick evaded the backtracking Enzio Boldewijn, releasing Kandi into the area. He could only blaze his shot over.

Our response came from Dennis once again as the forward controlled a nicely lofted Doyle pass before firing the ball narrowly wide with a low shot from the edge of the box.

The game’s topsy-turvy fashion continued as Mitch Brundle’s header was well tipped over by Fitzsimons before Roberts came agonisingly close to marking his debut with a goal when he was played into the area by Wootton. He showed lovely poise to cut on to his favoured left foot and tried to dink the ball over Justham, who made an excellent save to keep the ball out.

Dagenham were then forced into an early change when debutant defender Gabriel Zakuani hobbled off the field in place of Manny Onariase.

But they nearly served up the perfect tonic to that disappointment by carving out a golden opportunity to take the lead on the stroke of half-time. It came from an attack down the right, with Reid squaring the ball for Brundle to tap home a couple of yards out. The Daggers man couldn’t sort his feet in time, however, and the ball ran to safety.

There were no changes at the break and we started the second half brightly, Dennis seeing another effort blocked after latching on to Wooton's flick-on.

Further chances proved hard to come by in the opening exchanges of the second period, however, with the next shot on goal coming shortly before the hour when Boldewijn cut in from the left and fired the ball over from the edge of the area.

And, as quiet as they had been in an attacking sense in the second half, it was Dagenham who took a 61st-minute lead when a low corner found its way to Reid for a close-range finish.

Things then went from bad to worse when Bakayogo's misplaced pass allowed Deering to skip past Doyle, who dragged him back and collected a second yellow card as we were reduced to 10 men.

Ardley made a double change in response, sending Thomas and Jim O'Brien on for Roberts and Dennis.

O'Brien, making his return from a horrific leg injury sustained in the FA Trophy win at Chesterfield in December, quickly found his name in the book for a foul on Daggers' dangerman Deering.

We were facing an uphill task and it got even harder on 79 minutes when Fitzsimons was unable to parry Brundle's shot to safety, allowing Reid to pinch his second goal of the game with a simple finish on the rebound.

Thomas had a header well saved by Justham, Onariase made an excellent clearance from under his own crossbar and Wootton nodded the ball over as we pushed for a way back into the game.

But our efforts proved fruitless as we slipped to defeat in the capital.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Dagenham (A)

23 January 2020

Tickets are now on sale for our Vanarama National League trip to Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday 25 January (kick-off 3pm).

We have been allocated 879 tickets for reserved seats and any remaining unsold will be available on matchday with no price increases.

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Adult: £21

65 and over: £15

Student*: £15

Under 17: £12

Under 10†: £2

*Valid student ID will be required at turnstiles

†Must be bought alongside an adult equivalent and not available online

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Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210. 

Tickets to the value of £1.50 and above will be subject to a 60p per ticket admin fee when purchased online or by phone.

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Ambulant disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from our ticket office. They are priced at the appropriate age-related price for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge. However, an Under 10’s ticket will be charged at the Under 17 rate.

Wheelchair tickets can be purchased by contacting the Dagenham and Redbridge ticket office on 020 8592 1549 (extention 2).

Tickets for disabled supporters are not available online.

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Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 10am.

Prices are as follows:

General adult/senior: £24

General under 18: £15

Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £23

Season ticket holder under 18: £14

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