There’s something about this time of year which seems to bring the worst out at Dagenham and Redbridge FC. Since I can remember it seems that Boxing Day is one of frostbitten disappointment, as we hand out gift-wrapped points in a frenzy of goodwill which only serves to cause self-harm.
If anybody can remember back far enough, this column’s last outing at the end of October produced a second successive winning weekend! The Bolton draw refunded our stake but Elmander’s goal paid out, and although Huddersfield lost at Plymouth, Pilkington obliged to give us a small overall profit. Can we make it an unprecedented 3 in a row?
The last two games have seen Dagenham and Redbridge lose narrowly, 1-0 at home to Oldham and 2-1 at Plymouth. Both of these games could easily have gone the other way, enough to see us out of the relegation zone, but as it stands we’re now 6 points from safety. Read on for our account of both games.
The Daggers finally secured that most elusive of outcomes with their visit to Huish Park. With fears we could “do a Gillingham” and go the whole season without 3 points on the road, it was a welcome relief to record a 3-1 victory. However, hopes that this would revive our away form were immediately squashed with an entertaining but ultimately gutting 3-2 loss at Orient in the FA Cup replay. A look at the Oldham and Plymouth matches will follow soon.