“They’re a team that now look very confident” - Dagenham and Redbridge v FC Halifax Town: Opposition Focus

We spoke to Jacob Ranson from the Barking and Dagenham Post for the lowdown on The Shaymen’s opponents on Saturday.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 2:58 pm
Daryl McMahon, manager of Dagenham & Redbridge. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

How have Dagenham done of late?

Six consecutive wins (before Tuesday’s draw with Stockport County) to climb right up the table after a very poor start which was followed by up and down results despite reasonably strong performance. They’re a team that now look very confident and have a real intent/pattern of play.

Who will be their key man on Saturday?

Paul McCallum, he’s got six goals in his last four games to make it 14 in all competitions this season. The target man has really started performed after creating a partnership with Angelo Balanta and midfielder Matt Robinson. The trio have been linking up superbly. It’s not just about his goals, his hold up play is brilliant, and is probably a big reason the Daggers form has drastically improved.

Strengths/weaknesses as a team?

Strengths are they have pace and move the ball very well. They also have three very in-form players scoring most of the goals in Paul McCallum, Angelo Balanta and Matt Robinson. Weaknesses, they still get caught out defensively, but that is slowly improving as we near the end of the season.

What can Halifax expect from them on Saturday?

The Shaymen can expect a confidence team, playing with bundles of freedom and intent. Daryl McMahon has found a balance that seems to work in recent months and they’re finally being rewarded. They’ll be eager to show they can now do it against teams among the play-off places.

Will they make the play-offs?

It would be a tough ask, yes they’ve won six consecutive matches (before Tuesday night), but I feel they’ve to win three if not all four to have a chance of sneaking in. The way they’ve been playing they could have made it if they had not started so slowly.

Injuries/suspension?

Harry Phipps is out for the season, Dean Rance is also potentially facing a similar outcome with his latest injury, but the positive news is potential returns for both Myles Weston and Liam Gordon.

Likely line up and formation?

(3-5-2): Justham, Wright, Reynolds, Johnson, Eleftheriou, Jones, Khan, Robinson, Vilhete, Balanta, McCallum.

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