Northampton Town v Dagenham and Redbridge: Match Preview

With a blank midweek, there’s been time to mull over last weekend’s defeat at Macclesfield and prepare for a test against a side on the slide. But whilst Dagenham and Redbridge are looking to avoid a fifth defeat in a row the spirit that they so often produce should cause more headaches for Gary Johnson who is desperate for a first home win of the campaign.

Form…

The Cobblers were unbeaten in September until last Saturday’s 3-1 reverse at Macclesfield Town which saw loan striker Marlon Jackson score in only his second appearance for the club.

Dagenham have lost their last four games in League Two, going down to Hereford, Rotherham, Oxford and Morecambe in a forgettable second month of the season for the club. Their one ray of light this month was a 14-13 penalty shoot-out win over League One side Leyton Orient in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Team News…

Nick McKoy will serve the second of a four match ban for the Cobblers whilst Byron Webster is missing for the next month or so with his broken metatarsal. It was revealed this week that Nana will miss the entire season but Andy Holt is close to a return after missing all of the opening games so far. Arron Davies is also back in full training so comes back into contention for a starting place.

Dagenham recall Abu Ogogo to their squad after suspension but John Still will still be without Rob Edmans, Kevin Maher, Medy Elito, Josh Scott and Luke Howell. In better news for the Daggers, Jake Reed is back in training and could feature at Sixfields.

Previous Meetings…

06/02/10: Dagenham and Redbridge 0-1 Cobblers

John Johnson’s goal turned out to be the winner in February 2010 in the Cobblers’ first competitive game at Victoria Road.

26/12/09: Cobblers 1-0 Dagenham and Redbridge

The first ever meeting between the two sides took place at Sixfields on Boxing Day 2009 with the Cobblers coming out on top by a single goal, scored by Billy McKay with just two minutes to go.

The Man In The Middle…

Jock Waugh is in charge for this one having been down the road at London Road for The Posh’s 2-1 home win against Burnley in the Championship last weekend. Waugh has never refereed a Cobblers game having made the step up to the Football League in 2009.

Prediction…

With the Daggers on a terrible run of form the easy money would actually be with them to end it at Sixfields like so many teams have done in the past. But a week off from any Tuesday night action should rejuvenate the Cobblers as well and I think we can get that crucial first home win here in a 3-2 goal fest!

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