The Opposition View: Dagenham & Redbridge

Last updated : 07 April 2016 By Jim Bonner

Why have Dagenham struggled so much this season?

It's a combination of a lot of things really, but our biggest shortcoming has been the failure to replace over 600 appearances in Scott Doe, Luke Howell, Billy Bingham and Abu Ogogo - all of whom departed the club in the summer.

To lose such experience and what effectively was the spine of the squad, made it an uphill task from the start and ultimately, the replacements brought in by former manager Wayne Burnett were not up to the task.

We've not maintained a settled side all season and whenever we've found a solution at one end of the pitch, problems have crept up at the other end. Our home form has also been catastrophic and provides the main reason we are where we are. 

After the 2-1 win over Morecambe on Tuesday, do you harbour any hope at all of remaining a Football League club?

It offers a small chink of hope, but the reality is that we will be plying our trade in the Conference next season. It would take a remarkable comeback to remain in League Two at this stage. 

James Dunne spent some time at your club earlier in the season. What did you make of him?

Most supporters quite liked him. He spread himself round the park well and offered a solution to our midfield problem in a time when Kane Ferdinand was getting in the side (and that says all you need to know). I was quite disappointed he didn't get the chance to play at Everton after he dragged us through a tricky tie against Whitehawk in Round Two. Remembered fondly in his short time here. 

What are the biggest strengths and weaknesses of this current Daggers team?

Despite not actually scoring too many goals of late, I think our biggest strength is actually going forward. Since John Still has returned to the club we've looked far more dangerous going forward, and had our strikers converted one or two gilt-edge chances, we might have a few more points at the board.

In terms of weaknesses, we have a tendency to drop back particularly in the second half at home, and we're also prone to a lapse of concentration that more often that not sees us give away a silly goal. Importantly, we also cannot afford to go behind on Saturday afternoon. 

Pompey have failed to win three league matches in a row all season and have just won their previous two. Does this statistic fill you with hope for Saturday?

No! We tend to freeze against Pompey so any game we play against you I always tend to dread. 

What kind of match can we expect this weekend?

I think it'll be a very attacking game because quite simply, neither team can afford the draw. A point is of no use to either team, so I imagine it'll be highly attacking from the outset, although we may attempt to frustrate you early on. 

Predict the outcome of the game.

2-0 to Portsmouth.