Dagenham and Redbridge seek home help against Maidenhead
11:00 a.m. 19 August 2022
Dagenham and Redbridge are looking forward to reuniting with their own fans this weekend after “two tough away games”, boss Daryl McMahon has said.
The Daggers host Alan Devonshire’s Maidenhead United at Victoria Road on Saturday, having lost 2-0 at Woking last weekend before a 1-1 draw at Eastleigh in midweek.
Paul McCallum’s goal appeared to have earned McMahon’s men all three points on Tuesday, but Charlie Carter drove home an injury-time equalizer for the hosts.
And McMahon said: “After two tough away games against Woking and Eastleigh, we are delighted to be back home in front of our home crowd.
“We want to make sure we start fast, we want to implement our game and be aggressive on and off the ball. The players can’t wait to be back home after two tough away games, I hope that our local supporters will be able to push us and get behind the guys.
“We can all admit at Woking that we were well below expectations, we were behind in every aspect of the game.
“The performance against Eastleigh was very good, where realistically we deserved to take the three points.
“We had enough chances to double our lead and we defended very well. Until the corner at the end, I don’t think Eastleigh threatened our goal at all.
“To give in in the 92nd minute is a blow, but we have to take the positive out of the performance and realize that we are only just starting the season.”
Sam Ling has returned to training after food poisoning, while Omar Mussa and Ansu Janneh are due next week as Angelo Balanta, Harry Phipps and George Saunders continue their rehabilitation from injuries.
And McMahon says his men will respect the Magpies but are looking to take the lead and ensure they stick to their own game plan as they seek a first win of the campaign.
“Playing against Alan’s teams is always difficult, you have Adrian Clifton and Emile Acquah up front who are both big and powerful centre-forwards,” he added.
“Dan Sparkes is another former Daggers player who has a fantastic delivery of crosses, as does Koby Arthur on the other side.”
“They have a very strong team and it’s still a very decent National League side. We know exactly what we’re up against this weekend.
“It’s important to respect what Maidenhead is, but it’s also important that we implement our game plan, which is to attack them and be at the forefront from the start.”