When you have 2 teams which are almost exactly the same, it’s pretty hard to predict games, and today is one of those days. Dagenham have been excellent and consistent since returning to the league 3 season’s ago. Chesterfield on the other hand have also been excellent and consistent, only just missing out on the play-offs in both season’s since relegation from League One. Last season’s encouter saw The Dagger’s scoring in the last moment’s of the match to the anger of Spreite’s fans. This will be revenge for Chesterfield, but with hopefully getting 2 more point’s than Dagenham were able to get.
Dagenham have started the season wonderfully and are comfortably sitting 3rd in the table. They are going to cause alot of problems for Chesterfield. They don’t seem to be affected by the club selling key players Solomon Taiwo and Matt Ritchie.
Dagenam manager John Still has been amazing since taking over in 2004. After 2 mid-table finishes in the conference he finally led them to promotion, many expected them to go down at the 1st attempt, but instead they were challenging for promotion. This could be the season for The Dagger’s but they will have to win games against rival’s for promotion, especially Chesterfield.
Dagenham are going to give Chesterfield a good game and Paul Benson is probably going to be the biggest threat to The Spireites defence, scoring 59 goals since 2005 is superb. The striker was originally on the books of Southend United but John Still signed him after watching play for White Esign of the Essex Olympian League. It was a very frustrating first season for Benson as he only scored 1 goal. After another poor season he suddenly became a regular, and suddenly scoring goals every week. His form ahs never dropped since then.
Chesterfield have had a very average start to the season, after a loss to Torquay on the opening day, Chesterfield started to pick up some form, but last week’s loss to Rotherham may have affected the squad.
Since taking over John Sheridan has impressed the Spireite’s fans with summer signing’s Mark Allott, Wade Small and Donal McDermott. The former Oldham manager was sacked at Oldham at the end of last season and now hopes he can achieve big things with a very capable Chesterfield squad.
Chesterfield’s key player has got to be Jamie Lowry, the defender is topping the Chesterfield scoring charts with 4 goal’s this season, Lowry can burst down the flank’s and delievr either wonderful crosses or cut through to score goal’s. Most of his goal’s this season have been penalties, 2 of which helped beat Nott’s County at Saltergate.
I sadly think the final score will be 1-0 to Dagenham & Redbridge as they are brimming with confidence, and also because Chesterfield will have been affected by the loss last weekend.