Dagenham arrive in Leyton on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Luton Town on Tuesday night. The Daggers go into tomorrow’s clash knowing that defeat to the O’s and a Stevenage win will see them relegate back to the Vanarama National. John Still’s men sit rock bottom of the football league, 11 points from safety with only five games remaining.
- League Record – P41 W6 D10 L25 F37 A72
- Joint lowest scorers in the league with Yeovil
- Last 8 games – W2 D1 L5 F5 A14
- Away Record – P20 W4 D5 L11 F23 A37
- Last away games (most recent first) – LLLDLLDW
Manager John Still is hoping his side build on their second half performance at Luton on Tuesday. Speaking to Daggers.co.uk after their defeat “it was a good peformance and 2nd half I thought we had the ascedancy. The most important thing for Dagenham is when we have games like this, we have to compete, we have done and I am really pleased”.
- Have failed to score in 16 league matches – 6 away
- Only Newport (18) have failed to score in more
- Failed to score in 3 of their last 5 and 8 of their last 14 games
Still returned to Victoria Road at the turn of the year, looking to keep his beloved Daggers in the Football League. Despite his sides position, Still stated “I went back at the right time, the club is so important to me and I couldn’t say no to Dagenham. We both know each other inside out, we desperately need to re-find the Dagenham I know and love”
- Kept 5 clean sheets – 2 away from home
- Failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 6
- 3 clean sheets in their last 9
Still has achieved promotion to the football league three times and will be looking to get Dagenham back when they finally succumb to relegation, “I knew when I came back it was a rebuilding job, I will try and do that. The club needs to regrow itself, i am under no illusions, I have one more year to try and get performances and find some young hungry players”
- Both teams have scored in 23 of their 41 matches and 13 of their 20 away matches
- 3 of their 6 games has seen both teams score
- Only scored 2 or more in only 10 games
- 5 of their 6 wins have been by 1 goal
- Have taken 13/28 when leading at half time – W3 D4 L3
- Only taken 1 point from a possible 45 when losing at half time – D1 L14
A key for Still is to ensure his side put a performance in for the full 90 minutes which has been a problem all season for the Daggers, “All games are important now, our consistency is our inconsistency. We put in some decent performances but it is no good doing it for 50, 60 or 70 minutes. It has been one of the problems we have found, we have been inconsistent in games, let’s hope Saturday is different”.
- Have only scored 15 goals in the 2nd half ( worse in the league)
- Conceded 45 in the second half, Only York (46) have conceded more
- Have conceded 22 in the final 15 minutes and 36 in the last 30 minutes
- No team has lost more points than Dagenham (13) in the last 15 minutes of matches
Despite the unlikely chance of survival, Still is relishing an East London Derby against Leyton Orient, a place where he enjoys going back to. Speaking to daggers.co.uk earlier today, “I will look forward to the game, it is a good place to play. I made my debut there 5o years ago so I always look forward to going back”. With Orient in contention for the players, Still feels it will help his players, “they have got something to play for which I would prefer, it gives the game an edge”.
- Record scoring first – W5 D5 L4 away – W3 D3 L2
- Have won 2 of their last 3 when scoring first
- Only Stevenage (13) have scored first in less games
With the behind the scenes turbulence at Brisbane Road, Still doesn’t feel it will put Orient off stride tomorrow. “I know Orient’s players but don’t know how the situation will affect them. I know they are up there, challenging for the play offs which is going to make it a very difficult game. It will be tough for us, we’ve played the top sides, by and large we have always competed well. We don’t really know what has happened off the pitch but they are professionals”.
- Record conceding first – W1 D2 L21 away W1 D1 L9
- No team has conceded first more than Dagenham
- Have lost their last 15 when conceding first
- Have taken just 6 points from the last 105 available when conceded the first goal – W1 D3 L31
- 3 of their 6 wins have been away against the top 9 (2-1 vs Northampton, 1-0 vs Wimbledon and 2-1 vs Exeter)
Mathieu Baury should be recalled in to the starting 11 after missing out at Barnet last weekend. Kevin Nolan could be included despite his move from player manager to jst player this week. Paul McCallum is back in training after returning from his knee injury but is still a way off. Dean Cox remains unavailable while Jack Payne, Sammy Moore and Jobi McAnuff remain doubt after missing last week’s defeat.
Dagenham midfielder Matt Richards played 60 minutes at Luton in midweek and is set to be included in the squad while Frankie Raymond is set to be back in contention. However Liam O’Brien, Luke Gutteridge and Zavan Hines still remain unavailable.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 5, Draw 2, Dagenham & Redbridge 5
Last Meeting – 15/08/2015 – Dagenham 1-3 Leyton Orient
- Dagenham have not won any of the last 6 meetings
- Daggers last beat Orient in 2010, (2-0 win)
- The last 2 meetings at Brisbane Road ended 1-1
- 5 of the last 6 meetings both teams have scored
- Orient have only lost 1 of 5 games played at Brisbane Road
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-0 Dagenham