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Preview: Dagenham & Redbridge v Pools

5 January 2018

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Victoria Road is home to Dagenham & Redbridge

We turn our attentions to the weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of the trip to Victoria Road.

Dagenham & Redbridge v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 6th January 2018
Victoria Road

In Opposition
Four straight wins as November turned in to December pushed Dagenham & Redbridge up to fifth place in the National League table and just four points from the top.

However, a run of games without a victory since has seen them slip outside the play-off spots and they’ll be looking for their first win in six when Pools visit Victoria Road this weekend.

Boss John Still has thrown caution to the wind this season in his attempts to lead The Daggers back in to the Football League so it’s no surprise to find they are among the top scorers in the division.

Having drawn 0-0 on home turf with Leyton Orient on New Year’s Day, Dagenham will now be hoping to make the most of another two back-to-back games at Victoria Road as they look to move back up the table.

Star Man
Andre Boucaud is the only outfield player to have started every league game for The Daggers so far this season and his presence in midfield is an important one for John Still’s men.

The 33-year-old as been with Dagenham since 2014 and brings good experience to the ranks having played in the EFL with the likes of Notts County, York City and Peterborough United.

A Trinidad & Tobago international, Boucaud makes things tick for the hosts and is one Pools will need to keep quiet if they want to return home with reward this weekend.

Form Guide
Dagenham: WLLLDD
Pools: LWLLDD

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 11th competitive encounter between the two sides and Pools have the edge having won six of the previous ten meetings.

Pools have won the last three fixtures against The Daggers, including the 1-0 triumph delivered by Jonathan Franks’ brilliant goal at Victoria Park earlier this season.

Games between the sides usually produce goals and usually have a result one way or another – only once have the sides drawn a game and that was back in October 2010.

Referee
Sam Purkiss will take charge of his second Pools game this weekend when he is on the whistle for our trip to face Dagenham & Redbridge.

The official – on his first season on the National League list of referees – was also in the middle when we were beaten 3-0 at Ebbsfleet United in November.

Purkiss’ most recent appointment came on New Year’s Day when he oversaw Bromley’s 4-2 win over Ebbsfleet at Hayes Lane.

Live Coverage
Mark Simpson will be live on Pools PlayerHD on Saturday to provide Pools fans all over the world with live commentary of our game at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Our coverage on Pools PlayerHD will begin at 2.50pm so if you can’t be at Victoria Road this weekend then make sure you join us to say up to date.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at Victoria Road on Saturday.

Click here for full information on buying tickets for this fixture.

Match Odds
Dagenham 4/5
Pools 18/5
Draw 5/2

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Match Reports

Pools Beaten By The Daggers

6 January 2018

Pools winless run extended to eight games as Dagenham & Redbridge took the points with a 4-2 triumph at Victoria Road on Saturday.

Craig Harrison’s men found themselves a goal down after the hosts dominated the opening period but came back in to it early in the second half only to be undone by more poor defending.

The hosts looked to get on the front foot from the off and defender Kevin Lokko had the game’s first chance but he was stretching for a right-wing corner and headed it wide of the far post.

The dangerous Fejiri Okenabirhie did well to run in to space on the right fringe of the area and set up Michael Cheek but the front man’s low strike was blocked by Keith Watson.

There was a let-off for Pools when a searching cross from the right was nodded off his own crossbar by Michael Ledger, who did well to recover the situation and head the rebound away from trouble.

Okenabirhie was the key man for the Daggers and he headed an Andre Boucaud cross wide of the target before then forcing a good save from Scott Loach with a low drive which had the Pools keeper reacting quickly down to his left.

Pools were looking dangerous at times on the counter-attack, particularly when Lewis Hawkins charged through the middle to set-up Jonathan Franks but the forward lost his footing at the crucial time and the home side were able to clear.

Watson had to block another Okenabirhie effort just after, while the Daggers dangerman did have the ball in the net when he got on the end of a flowing move only to see the goal ruled out for offside.

However, six minutes before the break Okenabirhie did create the opening goal when he cleverly found space on the right of the area before drilling a ball across for Danny Sparkes to sweep home from close range.

Devante Rodney was introduced for the second half and he made an immediate impression to win a corner after ten seconds which was delivered on to the head of Liam Donnelly but Kevin Lokko cleared off the line.

A minute later Jake Cassidy though he’d made it 1-1 when he made a perfect contact with Nicky Deverdics’ inswinging free-kick from the right only for Mark Cousins to make an incredible flying save to his right.

Pools were well on top but Cheek gave them something to think about when he twice broke away on the counter-attack but failed to fully test keeper Scott Loach.

And just before the hour mark Harrison’s men got their breakthrough. Cassidy flicked a ball on in behind and Franks scurried on to it on the right of the area before digging out a wonderful cross to the far post for Michael Woods to nod home the equaliser.

However, all the hard work was for nothing when the Daggers retook the lead six minutes later, taking advantage of some sloppy defending as Pools failed to clear their lines and when Loach saved Cheek’s first header, the big striker was there first to ram in the rebound for 2-1.

Pools did attempt to rally but the game was up on 79 minutes when yet more poor play at the back saw the ball drop at the feet of Okenabirhie and he prodded a clever finish through legs and in to the bottom corner of the net.

It was 4-1 three minutes later when substitute Morgan Ferrier drove to the byline on the right before delivering a low ball in to the back post where Sparkes slid in his second of the game.

Pools pulled one back when Woods nodded home a right wing cross and Franks could even have made it 4-3 at the death when he drove through a pocket of defenders only to see his shot cleared off the line.

Full Time: Dagenham & Redbridge 4 Pools 2

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Robson, Robinson, Howell (Ferrier 66), Okenabirhie, Sparkes (Doe 90), Boucaud, Lokko, Ling, Cheek, Howells.
Subs not used: Moore, Kandi, Whitely.

Booked: Ferrier.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Ledger, Watson, Deverdics, Hawkins (Laing 87), Woods, Donnelly, Adams (Rodney 46), Cassidy, Franks.
Subs not used: Catterick, Munns, Newton.

Booked: Donnelly (38), Cassidy (67), Rodney (90).

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Ticket News

Buy Tickets On The Day At Dagenham

2 January 2018

The Chigwell Construction Stadium
Dagenham & Redbridge play at The Chigwell Construction Stadium

Here's all the ticket information you need if you want to support the lads in action at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for the game at Dagenham & Redbridge on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.

Away supporters are housed in the A13 Steel Stand which is a seated area behind the goal and fans are advised there will be soft segregation in place in this stand.

Prices
Adults - £21
Over 65s - £15
Students (with ID) - £15
Juniors (10-16) - £12
Under 10s* - £2

Disabled fans will pay as per their relevant age category and will be entitled to a free carer if on high rate DLA or enhanced rate PIP.

*Under 10s need to be bought with an adult equivalent.

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