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Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Dagenham get it right when it matters most

Andre Boucaud of Dagenham (right)
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National League playoff semi-final first leg
BT Sport 1, 7pm Thursday

Dagenham & Redbridge have a habit of producing their best in the biggest games and should be backed to topple Forest Green in the first leg of their National League playoff semi-final.

John Still's Daggers have collected 13 points from a possible 15 in home games against the top six.

They were 2-1 winners at home to Forest Green in early March and can achieve something similar in front of a noisy home crowd at Victoria Road.

Still's teams often peak towards the end of the season and there have been positive signs from the Daggers, who are unbeaten in their last five matches.

Dagenham are likely to be without 18-goal top scorer Oliver Hawkins, who has been sidelined for the last four weeks with a broken arm, but there is plenty of firepower in the side.

Forward Jordan Maguire-Drew and attacking midfielder Corey Whitely have weighed in with league tallies of 14 and 15 and veteran 37-year-old target man Paul Benson has rolled back the years with three goals in his last four appearances.

Still's team has a nice mix of youth and experience and they can more than hold their own against third-placed Rovers, who are winless in three games.

Rovers probably took their foot off the pedal after coming up short in the title race and it won't be easy for them to reproduce their best football against a powerful Daggers side who are desperate to regain Football League status at the first attempt.

Recommendation
Dagenham
1pt 9-5 general

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Team news
Dagenham
Oliver Hawkins has not played since sustaining a broken arm in a 2-0 loss at Lincoln last month. No fresh injuries are reported.

Forest Green
Midfielder Darren Carter has left the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

Key stat
Forest Green have kept just two clean sheets in their last 13 away league games.

Still's teams often peak towards the end of the season and there have been positive signs from the Daggers, who are unbeaten in their last five games
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