MATCH PREVIEW: DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE
Cambridge United welcome Dagenham & Redbridge to the Abbey Stadium tomorrow afternoon (K.O. 3:00pm), looking to complete a League double over the Daggers for the 2015/16 season.
Shaun Derry’s side claimed a comprehensive victory last time out, with a stellar performance from Ben Williamson and new signing Jimmy Spencer securing a 3-1 win over Leyton Orient at the Matchroom Stadium last Saturday.
The U’s will continue to be without striker Barry Corr and full back Greg Taylor, who are both recovering from long term injuries, but U's boss Derry will have an almost full squad available for selection this weekend.
Meanwhile the Daggers have struggled throughout the season for consistency and currently sit in 23rd position in the League Two table, three points adrift of Yeovil Town who represent safety.
The London club sacked Wayne Burnett in December and reinstalled former boss John Still to the helm. Still has returned for his third spell at the club and will be looking to turn around the fortunes quickly at Victoria Road.
With experienced hit-man Jamie Cureton chasing his 300th career goal amongst their ranks and top goalscorer Christian Doidge also available for selection, there is little doubt the Daggers have the mettle to clamber out of their current situation.
The U’s will certainly need to dig deep if they are to secure a result similar to that of their 3-0 Boxing Day victory over Dagenham last year.
Looking ahead to the fixture, Derry commented: “We’ll certainly be facing a different Dagenham to the side we faced on Boxing Day, where we obviously claimed a comprehensive 3-0 win.
“Playing well at home is an important aspect for us going forward, and I certainly felt we produced a performance last time out against Hartlepool, although didn’t necessarily pick up all three points that we would have liked, we have something to build on.
“They are an opposition scrapping to get out the bottom two, but will arrive at the Abbey Stadium and will be given a massive amount of respect from us. We understand that with a new manager at the helm, we’ll face a different proposition.
“John has come in and I’m sure will make them far more resolute, so we face an extremely difficult task.”
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