Tough task ahead for John Still – but not impossible. (©PAphotos)
It’s fair to say the month of November has been slightly difficult for the Daggers as, despite a fantastic 3-1 win away to Yeovil – their first in the league this season - the team are still languishing at the bottom of the table.
Of course, Daggers’ fans are not getting carried away by this and, as I have stated in previous articles, we know that this year was always going to be a tough year for the team. It is, however, one that could still end in happiness as the players are always prepared to keep plugging away.
That effort and determination should not be undervalued as John Still’s squad is one of the least expensive squads in the division. So rightly or wrongly depending on what angle you take, they are fighting above their weight in games against bigger and more experienced clubs.
However, that is not necessarily a bad thing for the Daggers as since being promoted to the Football League in 2007, they have been the underdogs and after a season fully focused on survival in League One, the next two seasons were spent challenging for promotion.
This of course culminated in last season’s Play-Off final success at Wembley where ‘little’ Dagenham shocked a lot of people by overcoming the hotly-tipped Rotherham.
So being the underdog is something that perhaps motivates Daggers a little bit more and makes them fight and scrap it out just that little bit harder than other clubs.
Yes the team are currently sitting 22nd in the division but there’s still a long season ahead and if the Daggers could get their home form back on track and get a few more away wins I wouldn’t rule them out of staying up.
After all not many people gave Exeter a chance of staying up a couple of season ago did they?
The win at Huish Park against Yeovil was great and it was good to see the boys get over the finishing line in that game with two late goals. Picking up points on the road is a real confidence boost when you get them and there’s no reason why the boys can’t get a few more of those before the end of the season.
Daggers fans will want the experienced guys to get back to their best and help the team go on a little unbeaten run which is certainly top of every fan’s wish list going into the Holiday season.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.