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Match preview Vs Dagenham



Date: 20-02-07 Venue: Aggborough Kick off: 19:45hrs
We're going to have to pick ourselves up and start all over again after that disastrous game on Saturday and even more so with what followed.    It was bad enough being ripped to shreds by a slick Exeter City side but to then, possibly, rip the club apart with the alleged Glasgow Kiss given by Mark Yates to the man that had tormented us for ninety minutes was crass stupidity.

There has been no word yet from the club as to what action will be taken by themselves or the FA but it cannot be good.    I think we're looking at a hefty fine and a touchline ban for the remainder of the season.

Lee Elam will be treated as the innocent party in all of this.    Even though his morals on the field could be called into question it was no worse than you see week in week out in the Premiership and we even see it with one of our own players too, although that happens mostly in the penalty area.    And we all laugh it off with a 'Good old Christie - he's took the ref for a fool and won us another penalty'.

So how do we pick our selves up and flick the dust off?    We do it by playing bloody football and not hoofing it over the top of midfield.    We need a midfield that can get a grip and to make sure that our game is played the Anfield way.    Pass and Move, Pass and Move.

It's not rocket science is it but are we capable of it?    That's up to those chosen to pull the famous Red shirt on tomorrow evening against the League leaders Dagenham.

We didn't seem to have acquired any injuries from Saturday's game and could well be seeing Issey back for us with a bit of luck.    He had a training session before the Exeter game and came through un-scathed so I reckon we'll see him on the bench at the very least.

It's also doubtful that we'll see Andy White starting either.    He's had enough chances to prove his worth now and, frankly, he just don't cut it.

He tries hard, there's no doubting that, but trying and getting nowhere is not an option anymore.    I think we'll see a start for Luke Reynolds alongside James Constable with new signing Gary Hay coming on later in exchange for one or the other.

Dagenham? now there's an enigma.    We beat them 3-1 at their place a few months back and they then went through a bit of a sticky patch during December and the early part of January but still remained on top of the League.    A lot of that is down to Oxfords poor recent form but it still doesn't explain why they seem to be running away with the title with a team of unknowns.

They can't be all that bad though seeing as the beat NCBA at Burton on Saturday with two goals from Sam Sloma - I've never heard of him either.

I don't know what injuries they have - usual story - but the manager, John Still, has bought in three new faces in the past couple of days.    Winger James Lawson arrived on loan from Southend before the Burton game and then today he's added midfielder Jon Wallis and keeper Nicky Eyre.

Wallis has been at Hereford, spit, since the start of the season after leaving Gillingham and Eyre has been at Rushden, spit, spit, but was released a few weeks ago and has now joined Daggers until the end of the season.

The result of this game is going to be a tough call and I think that Dagenham will come at us just as City did on Saturday.    This time we've got to be a bit more up for it and match them in every department and with a bit of luck get a positive result to get these nightmare two weeks behind us.

Teams:

Harriers from:
Bevan, S Taylor, Harkness, Kenna, Haworth, Creighton, Whitehead, McGrath, Sedgemore, Hurren, Russell, Penn, Reynolds, Blackwood, McGhee, Smikle, Christie, Constable, White, Eaton, Hay.

Dagenham from:
Roberts, Hogan, Eyre, Lawson, Cole, Sloma, Goodwin, Boardman, Leberl, Saunders, Southam, Rainford, Griffiths, Benson, Uddin, Batt, Lettejallow, Strevens, Foster, Wallis, Green, Bruce, Moore, Ruel, Overland.

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