Dagenham and Redbridge v Northampton Town
Saturday, April 26th 2014
Whilst nothing will be decided on Saturday afternoon due to the arrangement of fixtures this game could leave us with absolutely everything to do to stay in the Football League or leave it completely in our own hands. The Cobblers have been given the chance to escape the bottom two on numerous occasions over the last couple of weeks, none more so than when we needed just a point on Bank Holiday Monday against Portsmouth.
That game ended in a narrow defeat and so we head into the penultimate round of games still on the edge of our nerves and still unable to break free of those shackles. Dagenham has been a happy hunting ground in recent seasons for the Cobblers and it will need to be just that again if we’re to go into the crunch final game of the season at home to Chris Wilder’s former charges Oxford United on a high and with it in our hands.
Wycombe and Bristol Rovers, the two sides level on points with us going into the weekend, play each other which means that the absolute worst we can end up at the end of Saturday will be one point from safety. It does also mean, though, that any sort of victory would leave us a guaranteed two points clear, three if there’s a loser in the other game.
Dagenham have nothing to play for and nothing at stake but it depends on who you talk to as to whether that’s a good thing or not. Their outside chances of the playoffs were ended a couple of weeks ago when they were beaten at Wycombe and then again at home to Portsmouth but they’re not likely to take their foot off the gas as they look for a good top half finish.
Could we possibly make it FOUR 1-0 away wins in a row at Dagenham? 1-0, 2-1, 5-4, anything will do as long as there’s three points to take to the Oxford game and to leave it firmly in our own hands.
Dagenham may be without striker Ade Azeez who is struggling with a thigh injury but Scott Doe has completed a three match ban and should return to the side.
Emile Sinclair was replaced in the Cobblers attack by Ivan Toney at half time on Monday against Portsmouth and after a decent showing the youngster is pushing for a start. Kelvin Langmead also made another appearance from the bench but that’s where he’s likely to start once again here. Zander Diamond has been passed fit for the weekend and should go straight back into the back four but Joe Widdowson is unlikely to play again this season.
Previous Six Meetings…
19/10/13: Cobblers 2-2 Dagenham and Redbridge (League Two)
Earlier this season, Luke Norris gave the Cobblers the lead just before the half hour mark but the Daggers were in front even before the half time whistle as Zavon Hines and Rhys Murphy completely turned the game on its head. Ian Morris levelled mid-way through the second half but neither side could find a winner.
01/01/13: Cobblers 3-1 Dagenham and Redbridge (League Two)
On New Year’s Day 2013, the Cobblers picked up an important home win with Abu Ogogo’s own goal putting us in front and Chris Hackett doubling the lead a few minutes later. Kelvin Langmead made it three early in the second half and despite a Scott Doe consolation Town saw it out for a good victory at Sixfields.
18/09/12: Dagenham and Redbridge 0-1 Cobblers (League Two)
The latest in a run of 1-0 wins at Dagenham for the Cobblers as Bayo Akinfenwa’s header just into the second half won a tight contest.
13/03/12: Dagenham and Redbridge 0-1 Cobblers (League Two)
A few months earlier, loanee Toni Silva had given the Cobblers a huge boost in their fight against relegation by scoring the only goal of the game at Victoria Road.
24/09/11: Cobblers 2-1 Dagenham and Redbridge (League Two)
Arron Davies gave the Cobblers a lead at Sixfields and on the hour mark Bayo Akinfenwa doubled the advantage. Oliver Lee nicked a late one for the visitors but Town held out for a good home win.
06/02/10: Dagenham and Redbridge 0-1 Cobblers (League Two)
The first in the 1-0 away win trilogy at Victoria Road saw John Johnson’s effort win it with twenty minutes to go.
The man in the middle…
Scott Mathieson is the referee at Victoria Road on Saturday having previously took charge of a Cobblers game in the 2-0 defeat at Grimsby Town in the FA Cup second round earlier this season. He was also the official for Dagenham’s 2-2 draw at Morecambe in September of last year.
Anxious, worrying times with everything still hanging completely in the balance. It’s going to the wire no matter what the result here but if we want to be going into the last day knowing that a win would guarantee survival then we have to keep up this run of wins at Victoria Road. Ah, go on then, let’s do it again…1-0.