PRE-MATCH TALKING POINTS – DAGENHAM (A) by Danny Burnell

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Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92

THE DAGGERS HOODOO

Some teams are just annoying and seemingly have a jinx over United. Eastleigh, as we all know, are one of those teams. Dagenham however, can equally fall into the category. Seven games between the two have passed since the last Gulls win, where an on-loan Kieffer Moore notched the only goal of the game. In fact, January was the first time we had scored against them in six attempts. Asa’s 20 second goal wasn’t enough for victory that day, as the side from Essex battled back for a deserved draw. Even last season, in a campaign of so many highs, the Daggers STILL recorded the double over United and condemned the free scoring Yellows to the grand sum of zero goals!

You’d be a brave person to wager a Torquay win, as the home side eye up 7th spot. But hey, on our day…….. (Ask Wrexham, Stockport or Notts County)

FRESH FACES

Two matches in 48 hours is an ask for any player, particularly the older legs of Messrs Wright and Hall. You’d bank of their being a couple of changes to the XI who started on Saturday. A place for the players who may need to earn their 22/23 contract. Think Felix, think Johnson. Lots of talk of Olaf coming back and showing Gary what he can do, and Monday may be the perfect opportunity for just that, in place of the presumably tired Danny Wright. Omar did himself justice with a solid performance, so expect to see him back alongside Lewis at the back.

The writing is on the wall for a handful of players already who appear outcast and surplus to requirements, but there are still maybe 4/5 players in this squad with question marks, and if they have the desire to further their footballing career, then give them a go. 

WRONG TIME FOR A BLIP

When Torquay fought to a scrappy win at Woking a few weeks back, fans believed it was on. Unfortunately, 3 games later, and just 2 points to show for their efforts have scrapped any hopes of a play-off showdown. Eastleigh took the wind out of the sails, and Grimsby banged that nail just that little bit further into United hopes. No doubt the Gulls have showed play-off form since January, and just 3 defeats since the turn of the year evidences that, but you can’t help but look back at September-November as the key downfall. The season could have been so much worse, of course it could have. A loss at Weymouth pre Christmas could have seen fans calling for GJ’s head, but form since then has been good and United have proved to be a ‘respectable’ NL team. Far cries from last season, but with Wrexham and the likes splashing the cash like the have, repeats of last season was always a tough ask.

BE ‘THAT’ TEAM

It’s not often we go into the last few games with little to play for. Daggers will fancy their chances against a ‘team on the beach’, but sometimes that can be dangerous. It’s an opportunity for United to be ‘that’ team. The team that stops them in their tracks, again like Eastleigh did to us a few weeks back. Dagenham may entice a few day-trippers in with it being Ban Holiday and that, so it’s up to us to spoil their party and p*** on their chips.

If we can’t go up, no-one’s going up!

GIVING THE YELLOW ARMY A PERFORMANCE THEY DESERVE

Yet again the YA have been fantastic all season. Be it at Plainmoor or on the road, United’s support is superb for this level. After a fairly dire affair on Saturday, it’s only right the Gulls play with pride as we enter the last few games. Finishing above Bromley, BW & Dagenham is now our aim, so let’s hope they give it all they got, and give the fans the performance they deserve. Especially when they charge £21 for the privilege. (It is London(ish) after all!)

COYY – Danny


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