the daggers voice
Tomorrow's game at the New Lawn is MASSIVE.
1st v 2nd, Mark Cooper v John Still, Green & Black v Red & Blue.
Forest Green Rovers, who lost the play-off final last year, v Dagenham & Redbridge, who were relegated last term after nine years in the Football League.
The Greens, with 12 wins and 39 points, against the Daggers - who are four points adrift having amassed eleven wins.
We have two coaches travelling to Nailsworth for what will undoubtedly be the toughest game of the campaign.
Forest Green have kept seven straight clean sheets - can we break that records?
It was at the first game of the season against Southport when I first heard the name Corey Whitely mentioned. It was at half-time, with Daggers 2-0 up and cruising, that the tannoy announced the signing of both himself and club legend Paul Benson.
I saw he was from Enfield Town and just assumed he would be a talented youngster looking to push into the team this year or the next. But, fast forward three months, and not only is Whitely thoroughly imbedded into our starting XI, he is one of our most vital players.
He can use his left foot as well as his right, can take on players and deliver a peach of a cross, and - as we've seen at Eastleigh and at home to Aldershot - can come up with a crucial goal.
Thankfully, though, having players such as Fejiri and Hawks in the team compliments his ability and hopefully he will continue to get better and better. Against Macclesfield last weekend, he was menacing throughout the game and looked like he would score whenever he got on the ball. In midweek, he had to fill in out wide and still performed fantastically, scoring the winner with nine minutes to go a testament to his performance.
Tomorrow we have the toughest game of our season so far as we travel to the New Lawn to face Forest Green. It is going to be incredibly tricky as it is with many players injured but, when you have players like Whitely in this form, I know we can get a result.
Scott Doe walks the ball back to the centre after Macclesfield's late equaliser. Picture by Peter Hilton Photography for mtfc.co.uk.
So after the disappointment of Macclesfield's last minute leveller on Saturday, the Daggers have the chance to put it right when they entertain Aldershot Town this Tuesday, kick-off at 7.45pm.
Saturday was a strange one. While we generally played okay and were worthy of at least a point, we weren't at our best as we have been for most of the campaign. Macclesfield were quite a good team and caused us some problems, but I think we let them dictate the game too much.
Usually we start games very quickly, for instance at home to Dover when we were ahead after just a minute. Against the Silkmen we started slowly although we nudged ahead after 18 minutes, maybe because of their league position we were more cautious. If they were in a lower position, we'd have taken the game to them from the start.
And so that's what we need to do on Tuesday. If we play as I know we can, we'll get the three points I'm sure.
Come on you Daggers!
I think that, while the game was fairly even yesterday, if any side would've won - it was would be us.
For the first quarter of an hour, Macclesfield were the better team and looked like scoring. However, after we took the lead against the run of play admittedly, we seemed to wake up and after that were probably the better team.
The goal itself was pure class. We went from one end of the pitch to another and absolutely carved Macclesfield oven, with Fejiri applying a finish to match. It was a brilliant move but unfortunately we couldn't hold on.
The equaliser eventually came in the cruellest of circumstances. It seemed we would hold out and secure three priceless points from a tough game. It was a poor goal to concede; the defence switched off, the ball was played across goal, and their striker bundled the ball home from barely a yard - the simplicity of it was quite unbelievable to be honest.
Last season we conceded more last minute goals than I can count. Yesterday we done the same and it was frustrating as it meant FGR opened a four point lead at the top. However, we have a chance to put it right in just two days when we face Aldershot Town where we need to win.
The best teams beat those around them.
Bring on Tuesday!
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.