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Preview: Pools v Dagenham & Redbridge

8 September 2017

Hartlepool United v Dagenham & Redbridge Paul Goad (defendingthegame.com)
Hartlepool United v Dagenham & Redbridge

We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of The Daggers' visit to Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Dagenham & Redbridge
Vanarama National League
Saturday 9th September 2017, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition
Dagenham & Redbridge fell at the play-off semi-final hurdle last term after finishing fourth in the National League and their start to 2017/18 suggests they’re keen to put that memory firmly behind them.

John Still has vast experience of success at this level and he knows what it takes to get sides promoted – he’s actually won the National League title with three different clubs over the years.

The Daggers moved top of the pile on the back of their 3-1 triumph over Gateshead last Saturday and remain unbeaten having won four and drawn four so far.

Still’s men are the top scorers in the division so far with 19 goals but he’s been critical of a defence which has kept just one clean sheet and leaked 11 goals in their eight games to date.

One To Watch
The form of Morgan Ferrier has helped cushion the blow felt by Dagenham when last term’s top scorer Oliver Hawkins was snapped up by Portsmouth on Deadline Day.

Ferrier was brought in during the summer after firing 11 goals for Boreham Wood last term and the pacy front man has hit form for his new club in recent weeks.

The former Arsenal trainee has hit the net four times in five games to help take The Daggers to the top of the table so Pools will know they need to keep the 22-year-old quiet this weekend.

Form Guide
Pools: LDLLWW
Dagenham: DDDWDW

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the tenth competitive encounter between the two sides and Pools have the edge historically having won five times in comparison to The Daggers’ three.

Pools did the double over this weekend’s visitors last time we shared a division in 2015/16, winning 3-1 at The Vic after earning a 1-0 triumph at Victoria Road earlier in the campaign.

The Daggers have had success at The Vic in the past though; they won here in August 2014 and January 2011 and will hope to add to that this weekend.

Referee
As has been the case in all of our games so far this season we welcome a new referee to The Vic on Saturday as Thomas Bramall takes charge of a Pools game for the very first time.

Bramall is in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees though his only previous appointment in the current campaign was Halifax’s 2-0 win over Guiseley at The Shay a fortnight ago.

Last term he had the distinction of brandishing red cards in four successive fixtures during November so Pools and Dagenham will be hoping there’ll be no need for any of that this weekend.

Live Coverage
Pools legend Brian Honour is back behind the mic this weekend when he joins Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD for full live online commentary of the game.

The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm to set the scene and then guide you through all the action as it unfolds as Craig Harrison’s men welcome Dagenham & Redbridge.

Click here for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD on a Monthly Pass for just £4.49.

Tickets
Tickets for the game are on sale now both online and from the Club’s Ticket Office.

Fans will be able to buy tickets on the day of the game from the Main Ticket Office on Clarence Road or from our two Matchday Ticket Offices.

There will be no cash turnstiles for Pools fans but we have introduced a method by which supporters can buy tickets on their cards directly at the gate.

Click here for all details on buying tickets for Saturday’s game.

Match Odds
Pools 7/4
Dagenham 6/4
Draw 12/5

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Match Reports

Pools Make It Three Wins In A Row

9 September 2017

Pools put in a hardworking and patient display to pick up all three points against in-form Dagenham & Redbridge at The Vic this afternoon

Jonathan Franks got the only goal of the game, showing a great piece of class to chip the keeper and bag the winner with 75 minutes gone. 

It was a breathless first half here at The Vic as both teams put their all into an entertaining forty-five minutes.

Scott Loach pulled off two early saves to deny the visitors; first sending a Morgan Ferrier effort out wide for a corner and then getting down quickly to block our Kevin Lokko’s close-range shot from the corner.

Pools were then straight up the other end with a corner of their own; Nicky Deverdics whipped a great ball in from the left that picked out Keith Watson who saw a headed effort crash against the crossbar and bounce down just the wrong side of the line.

While the tempo eased a little, the game remained a fierce contest with a real edge between the two sides.

The visitors had the better of the chances on goal but Pools looked strong in defence and, again lead by the impressive Keith Watson, made sure the Daggers were made to work hard for a chance on goal.

Jonathan Franks sent a pacy freekick into the box which picked out young striker Connor Simpson who had got up highest, but his header went over the bar.

Scott Loach was back in action later in the half as he pulled off a great save to deny the lively Fejiri Okenabirhe who had latched onto a chip over the top to go through on the keeper. Loach, who has impressed for Pools so far this season, threw himself to his right and kept the ball out of his net.

Okenabirhe, who was the biggest threat for John Still’s side got in again to send a shot in from just outside the box but his strike went over the bar.

Watson did well to block another shot, this time from Jake Howells as Pools stood firm to the break and the teams went in at 0-0.

Shortly after the re-start, Watson was in action again, chasing back with Corey Whitely to stop the cross from the right of the box as the Daggers started the second half on top.

With the visitors upping their pressure going forward, Loach got down to save from Morgan Ferrier at the post as the Daggers forward looked for space against Magnay.

Ferrier fed the ball forward for Okenabirhe who looked to be offside but with the absence of a flag, the attacked continued and in the end, it was another good block from Watson which saw the effort go high over the bar.

Harrison’s side continued their hard work to keep the visitors at bay and put in real shift to stop the Daggers from taking a lead.

And Pools’ patience paid off in the 75th minute when the in-form Jonathan Franks got the third goal since his return to the Club.

A great ball Nicky Deverdics set the move away and, when the ball picked out Franks on the edge of the box he had Mark Cousins running out of his goal to close down. But Franks showed his class as he chipped the ball over the keeper and watched on as it nestled into the far corner to give Pools the lead.

Scott Loach pulled off another save just after the goal, this time blocking from Lokko who met a corner to get a header at goal.

Rhys Oates, on as sub in the 55th minute, burst down the right to open things up for Pools before feeding it infield for Franks who was bursting into the box. The ball just escaped the attentions of Franks but did frind the hardworking Michael Woods who followed up but he couldn’t get enough on the shot and watched it go wide.

As the visitors threw everything forward in the final minutes of the game, Michael Ledger put a great challenge in inside the box to clear the danger and the young defender knew the importance of the clearance as he celebrated as the ball left his feet. 

It was a real determined and dogged performance from Harrison's side, who worked hard all afternoon and had that extra bit of class in Jonathan Franks to get the winner. 

With three wins in succession now, Pools next face a midweek trip to Wrexham. 

Full Time: Pools 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

Attendance: 3366 (82 Dagenham & Redbridge)

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Watson, Ledger, Deverdics (Donnelly 85), Featherstone, Woods, Hawkins, Rodney (Donaldson 67), Franks, Simpson (Oates 55).
Subs Not Used: Newton, Munns.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Pennell (Nunn 71), Robson, Robinson, Whitely (Adams 66), Ferrier, Okenahirhe (Romaine 74), Boucaud, Lokko, Ling, Howells.
Subs Not Used: Justham, N’Gala. 

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