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Crunch time for McMahon's Daggers

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  I didn’t want to relive the Notts County affair which followed the same pattern of games gone by, a narrow defeat which saw us unable to pose a serious attacking threat. So instead, I feel it better to focus on just what is going wrong, the predicament McMahon has and the imperative he sorts it out quickly… else, it’s another mid-table season dawning.  “There’s still a long way to go” - while that is true as we are only 18 games in (along with Notts County, everyone else having at least one game in hand) this almost false sense of security we were lulled into last season I believe is in danger of recurring. A never-ending nightmare, a nightmare of being unable to reach the play-offs; let alone the football league.  It’s the hope that kills you , some may say, but it’s more complex than that dismissive statement . There is plenty of reason for hope in this team, staff and club, this season like few before we began strongly and looked a real force to be reckoned with. A Stockport fan s

Maidenhead Reaction: Demolition Job

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  A trip to Maidenhead and an opportunity to register just a second win in seven games, an expected victory despite the absentees in the Daggers squad. That expectation was ultimately surpassed, a resounding 1-4 victory which consolidated the view of Dagenham as a side to be challenging at the to of the table this season. The full debut of Ibby Akanbi, too, went better than expected – three assists and a goal. However, the Colombian magician Angelo Balanta inevitably stole the limelight – back to his best – securing a hat-trick at York Road. The game began with a couple of scares early on, with the Maidenhead faithful looking to beckon the ball into the net – always behind the goal they’re shooting at the rare, unsegregated ground. However, the corners were dealt with, and McMahon’s men were able to withstand the early pressure. Unlike last Monday which saw Turnbull head home from a corner and poor defending there ultimately cost the Daggers a place in the competition. Progress. The ga

Blues Blown Away By Dominant Daggers

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A performance worthy of great praise, the six sensational minutes which secured the win captured the spirit of the entire ninety; where the Daggers looked confident and assured they could cruise to victory – indeed they did – sending the Shrimpers back home empty-handed. The joy and unrelenting taunts from home supporters were symptomatic of the disparities and role reversal of these two rivals: a high-flying Dagenham team and a derelict, dejected Southend. The first ’45 began in front of the packed Victoria Road crowd with both sides throwing caution to the wind, although the Daggers always looked the more threatening, likelier to score. The best opportunity of the opening 20 minutes saw Scott Wilson hit the side-netting, many supporters initially thinking he’d scored, as he met a low Sagaf cross. A stark contrast to a week earlier and in many games this season, the Daggers had started well, and attacked with real intent from the off. Despite the absence of key strikers Walker and

𝐁𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬: Southend Preview

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  Despite the unpredictability of such encounters, here is how myself and Shrimpers supporter Ryan see the game going, with plenty of build-up for you to enjoy below… A huge game, two rivals meeting competitively for the first time in years, for the first time outside of league football and a game that has added significance due to the managerial situation at Southend. These are the sort of games where the league table and current form; it all goes out of the window, the occasion takes hold, and it is who turns up on the day. However, hints at who will turn up on the day can be sought from the recent performances and ultimately, the personnel – man for man – who has the better chance? The Daggers have had a rough(er) time of it of late compared to their flying start which saw them unbeaten in 6 games (winning 5 of them). But, off the back of three straight league defeats, the incredible comeback against Wealdstone seemed to mark a revitalisation of the character of the team that

𝔽𝔸 ℂ𝕦𝕡 𝕄𝕒𝕘𝕚𝕔: Spirited Daggers Sink Stones

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What a way to progress to the 1 st Round Proper of the FA Cup! It wasn’t going to be easy, we knew that, but the Daggers made it extremely difficult for themselves on Saturday. But it made that victory so much sweeter, the barriers broken in the 90 th minute; victory from the jaws of defeat – there’s no feeling quite like it! As I say, we made it extremely difficult for ourselves and this was from the second minute (supporters having scarcely settled in their seats) as we looked up and instantly saw red. Paul McCallum given his marching orders so early on, the general response was that of disbelief but also slight anger at the striker’s recklessness. Many fans’ eyes were now set on a replay at Victoria Road or grinding out a 0-1 victory while parking the bus for a large chunk of the game. But these provisional plans went out the window after eight minutes, with lacklustre defending allowing the ball to slip through to Jay Bird, whose finish was composed – slotting home beyond Jus

Daggers Wounded With Last-Minute Blow

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  The stage was set for an enticing encounter but both teams would face a common opposition in the weather conditions, the first time this season the supporters on the terraces felt the bitter cold and drizzle in the Sieve. This was to transcend into a bitter defeat on the pitch, as the Daggers couldn’t hold back the Altrincham flood in the second half, despite going into the break a goal to the good. A series of mistakes that began to creep in toward the end of the tie; from lacklustre defending to a perceived lack of that extra desire by some. Anyhow, these errors led to the first home defeat of the season as McMahon’s men leaked three goals in an afternoon from which lessons can be learnt; hopefully though, the result itself quickly forgotten. I went into the match optimistic, as we sat top of the tree, hoping to remain there come Saturday evening; what was there to worry about with the way we’d been playing? Then, in the drizzle as the game got underway, it didn’t take long b

Match Reaction: That's Moor Like It!

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  That’s Moor Like It! I hoped in the preview post that next time you’d read the blog we’d be top of the league and here we are. A thumping 5-1 victory in front of a home Victoria Road crowd was an overwhelming response to their first defeat of the season; it saw the return of the free-scoring, clinical Daggers side we’ve got to know in recent weeks. The goals came from familiar figures, yet another familiar feature for the hosts was falling behind, which we’ve done in nigh on every game this season. The net bulged and the 49 travelling fans cheered, and I recall thinking ‘here we go, now that customary goal has gone in, we can go and pick up all three points.’ The reply was equally characteristic of Dagenham’s 2021/22 season as we did indeed get back into it, going behind for a mere 11 minutes before Paul McCallum fired in from close range. Then, within 250 seconds, things only got better as the Daggers had their tails up – Walker was awarded a penalty and converted it. Once aga

MATCH PREVIEW: Solihull Moors

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  Let’s get back to it! A first defeat of the season brought a halt to the sterling form which saw us unbeaten in 6, winning 5 of those encounters. The loss to Wrexham could have gone a very different way had we been as clinical as in previous weeks, the job now is to ensure that is an isolated defeat – in a sea of green on the form chart! As with the Wealdstone draw, we then bounced back with two victories, although we’re under no allusions we’ll eventually see a dip in form – the aim is to stretch out this run of quality performances and subsequent results for as long as possible. The Daggers have just 3 games in 21 days, including that Wrexham trip, so we’ve had a week to prepare for this one – unlike the in-form Moors who played on Tuesday. They picked up a point, meaning they’ve got 10 out of a possible 12, so they’re in a good place going into today’s match. Although, as McMahon said in his pre-match, all the games are tough in this league – irrespective of form – and the q

A Word On The Week: Maintaining Top Spot

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  They were two games you thought we should win, but simultaneously ones that you thought we’d the potential to lose – if we were to go on the ‘same old Dagenham’ line. Etched in the minds of Dagenham supporters is this mindset of ‘it’s too good to be true’ and ‘all good things will come to an end soon enough’. However, McMahon and his players are looking to reverse and erase that ideology from the minds of supporters and those around the club who’ve been infected by that pessimism of years gone by. At the end of this week there appears no end in sight to this glorious run of form, hence the train GIFs on Twitter, with the Daggers promotion train steaming down the tracks. Some may think that we’re all getting ahead of ourselves, as McMahon sensibly urged people not to, but as I said in my fan column – we’ve got to enjoy it while it lasts! (So, keep the promotion train GIFs going). This belief of something special happening is getting stronger by the game as the Daggers sit top of