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Point gained; Opportunity missed?

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Today The Daggers made the 168 mile round trip to The Proact stadium in search of all three points. Taylor eyed maximum points, as he said at the Fans’ Forum he wanted 16 points from August but we were on 10 going into this one - so a win was the only option. The home side were without a win and with a couple of injuries; starting with 5 centre backs was also less than ideal. The Daggers got the game underway in Chesterfield but it was the hosts who started the brighter of the two sides winning a free kick early on. 

Taylor’s XI: Gordon’s start pleased many as well as Luque’s return to the starting XI
That free kick was conceded by Clark who went through the back of Fondop but the free kick came to nothing. The pressure hadn’t gone away as Onariase did well to clear; it was a frantic start from Dagenham who couldn’t keep hold of the ball. Captain Kenny didn’t make the best of starts as he conceded another free kick moments later but the effort was matched by an even better save by Justh…

MATCH PREVIEW: CHESTERFIELD

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Today sees The Daggers make the 168 mile round trip to The Proact stadium in the hope of all three points. I am certain Taylor will be eyeing maximum points as he said at the Fans’ Forum he wanted 16 points from August but we are currently on 10 so to get as close as we can we must win. 
Taking a look at the opposition, it is certainly not the start John Sheridan and his side would have hoped for as they have picked up just four points from a possible 21. Those four points see them in the bottom four, but the table doesn’t tell the full story as injuries have limited their progress to say the least. 
Sheridan(left), Boden(Right)

Tom Denton who holds the ball up well up front is out; he can also come up with a goal so that is a frustration for them. Secondly, another attacking option has been forced to watch from the sidelines as young Norwich striker Spyrou was ruled out. Yet to secure a victory this season Sheridan’s side will also be looking to put all three points on the board to go t…

(PART 1) PETER FREUND ON...

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Prior to Monday’s dramatic victory Co-owner Peter Freund took the time to be interviewed by me. I have split the interview into two parts due to the length and in Part One we cover:

- Where Peter wants to see the club go
- How to boost home support 
- Improvements to the ground
- The recruitment strategy and local talent 
- A word on Memphis and Tim Howard
- Thoughts on Salford - any parallels? 
What was the recruitment strategy this year, obviously you signed a lot of young players? 


The strategy was to bring in as much talent as we could and to bring in young players that we could develop and we wanted to sign Manny - that was really important. We were obviously disappointed to lose Conor Wilkinson but we had no choice as he had a buyout clause in his contract; so we will see how the season goes up front. I feel like we still need a big centre forward to go score goals but it is what it is. 
Where do you see the club in 5 years time?


Ah, 5 years! Well we would like to be in the football leagu…

Fans’ Forum Review

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Many topics were discussed in the seventy minute duration of last night’s fans’ forum so below I look at the key points with my take on these points. THIS IS NOT A TRANSCRIPT. The first points I want to discuss are the positives - points of praise for particular players. 
Positives came in abundance during last night’s forum with one man in particular standing out for Peter Taylor - that man is Mitch Brundle. The Gaffer expressed his and Terry Harris’ desperation for this signing saying he was their number one priority in the summer - a complete player. On the topic of Brundle he says he would play him in midfield, something I agree with, as the versatile player would be wasted at the back. Two more players receiving a lot of plaudits from Terry were Odametey ‘his favourite’ and a man who has a ‘fantastic attitude’ Eleftheriou from Watford. The latter was described as having a fantastic attitude, ability and like a 30 year old from the off despite his youth - impressing the coaches. An…

‘THE NEXT PAUL BENSON!’

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Off the back of a good point on the road The Daggers looked to go one better at Victoria Road and take all three points as Yeovil were in town. Darren Sarll’s men had also had a run of mixed results going into this encounter like The Daggers - they were also in need of three points. It was built up to be an exciting encounter with both sides going in for nothing less than a win - plenty of goals were expected. 
Daggers lineup: 

This is the team that faced Yeovil (can’t move Keeper back so to be clear Clark is a CB and Robinson CM) with a 3-5-2 kind of formation with Balanta in a No.10 role. 
Quigley’s start again frustrated me like many and the absence of Luque was also frowned upon. Also, I was disappointed to see Gordon start on the bench after his involvement in the 4-2 victory over Harrogate. Despite the negatives, this wasn’t the worst team Taylor had ever put out - the return of Manny was exciting! 

Peter Taylor’s men got the game underway and looked in control early on, the first o…