the daggers voice
Has John Still just delved into the depths of non-league and plucked another gem?
Hopefully. Lots of Daggers fans, me included, have long said that we need another striker to partner Hawkins, who at times has been very isolated up front. Now we have one and, having spent a good few minutes scouring few the best footage on youtube, I can say that he looks seriously good!
Don't get me wrong, we have Benson, but we can't be relying on a 37 year-old to score us the goals. Benno will always be a legend here, but it's time to move on and create more legends at our club.
John Still has always had a knack, a reputation, for finding unknown talent and turning them into great players, such as Dwight Gayle or Craig Mackail-Smith. He's already signed Whitely and Hawkins from lower down the pyramid and those players have turned out to be incredible, so hopefully he's got it right again this time.
And I feel a real buzz about Romain. We've paid a fee for him, which shows that he must be good. And Ladbrokes have done a #VardyVerdict dedicated to him, meaning that others have picked up on him too. I really hope he turns out to be a big player for us.
I watched a few highlights from this season, including against Hemel Hempstead when the Sports won 3-0. Romain looked a cut above the rest and scored all three goals; two excellent near-post finishes and an unreal run and finish from the half-way line. He also bagged two goals as Eastbourne lost to Brighton u23s last week.
So only time will tell whether Romain is the real deal and whether he's as good as the last Romain we had at the club! I'd like to see him get a start in the next few weeks.
Now, I'm off to do some more independent scouting work on our new signing!
After Saturday's performance, it's hard to express just how proud I am of the Daggers. Coming after two scoreless losses to Gateshead and Maidstone, most people expected us to be thrashed by the team who sat 2nd before kick-off, however the boys dug deep and thoroughly deserved all three points.
As we enter the final two months of the season, the promotion race is really heating up and today 7th plays 3rd with the league's most in-form team facing the side with the best away record in the division in the North East.
Gateshead have won four of their last six games while drawing the other two and scoring 13 in the process. The Daggers, meanwhile, have won six of their eight games in 2017 and sit fourth in the table, but this disguises their poor recent form as they suffered home losses to lowly Guiseley and Maidstone.
The Daggers suffered their heaviest defeat in five years in November as the Heed ran riot with three goals in five second half minutes. The Daggers had multiple first-team players injured and this would begin a horrible end to 2016, with the hosts only conceding three goals at home all season prior to this mauling.
The Daggers make two changes from the side that got defeated by Maidstone on Tuesday. Mark Cousins is replaced by Justham who sits behind a defensive unit consisting of Widdowson, Doe, Robson and Donnellan. In midfield Guttridge returns from injury and plays alongside wingers Sheppard and Okenabirhie, and Boucaud and Raymond in the centre, while Hawkins is the lone striker. Surprisingly, Jordan Maguire-Drew starts on the bench.
The Gateshead XI is this: Montgomery, Bolton, G Smith, M Smith, Hogan, Fyfield, York, Johnson, Burrow, Mafuta and McLoughlin.
MATCH PREDICTION - Sadly, my head says 3-1 Gateshead however we have to stay positive so I am going with my heart and saying Daggers will win 2-0 with Guttridge and Hawkins scoring.
Six minutes into Tuesday's clash with Maidstone, I sent this message to Dad: 'Bromley all over again. 1-0 Maidstone' - that may seem like a basic and not particularly insightful message, but little did I know I would be spot on as we put in a lethargic performance that saw us lose another home game against a relegation-threatened side.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.