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Can the Daggers avoid a second consecutive relegation?

Tipped as one of the favourites to make a quick return to Npower League One at the start of the season following relegation, things have not panned out the way most Dagenham & Redbridge supporters would have anticipated.

Saturday’s 0-0 draw with fellow relegation candidates Plymouth Argyle has left the Daggers at the foot of the Npower League Two table and three points adrift of safety.

But in manager John Still, the Essex club have someone who has experienced both the highs and lows whilst being in charge at Victoria Road.

Since taking over in April 2004, Still has guided the Daggers to two promotions, firstly taking the Conference Premier title in 2007 and claiming the League Two playoffs in 2010, following two seasons of stability in the Football League.

However, Dagenham’s stay in the English third tier was a premature one, as they were relegated back into League Two the next season and with a third of this campaign remaining this time around, relegation could be on the cards once more.

With just one win so far this year things are looking bleak for Still’s men, a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of promotion chasing Cheltenham Town last Saturday prompted many fans to question whether the team were capable of retaining their Football League status.

Saturday’s stalemate at Home Park does present a glimmer of hope as the noticeably, shambolic defensive display from last weekend was followed by a clean sheet and a vastly improved performance.

March could prove to be a pivotal month for the Daggers as they entertain other relegation contenders Northampton and Macclesfield in successive weeks amongst difficult trips to the likes of leaders Swindon Town.

By Daniel Ludlam

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