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Daggers won't lie down and die

Bottom at Christmas usually means one thing - relegation.

Try telling that to Dagenham & Redbridge.

The Daggers are currently rock bottom in League Two - although they do at least have the same points and goal difference as Plymouth and are just one win adrift of survival.

They host Barnet on Boxing Day and Gillingham on December 30, before a local derby at Southend on January 2.

There's a glimmer of hope. After a run of nine consecutive league defeats, the League Two strugglers earned a well deserved point away to Burton Albion to halt the run of defeats which stretched back to the beginning of October.

The recently relegated Daggers have had a tough start to life back in League Two after their solitary campaign in the third tier of English Football. By the same token, it wasn't too many years ago that they were a non-league side.

'A terrible couple of months'

Assistant boss Terry Harris feels the draw will act as a kick start to their season. He said: “Yes, we are still in trouble, but we have 20 plus games to go so we’ve got time. We’ve had a terrible couple of months but we are coming out of that now.”

Along with the hard fought draw, the Daggers have secured success in the FA Cup and the penalty shootout victory over League One Walsall was seen by many as the beginning of a run which will see the Daggers climb the table.

Talking after the draw against Burton, Daggers captain Scott Doe said: “The last week has been good for us. We beat Walsall and have dominated again today. I can feel a lot of confidence in the team because of these results and the only way is up now.”

The Essex-based club are propping up the League Two table at Christmas, but the recent successes on the field are sure to give fans optimism heading into the New Year.

By Daniel Ludlam


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