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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Dagenham & Redbridge


Wycombe Wanderers were more than a little fortunate to claim a share of the spoils after coming from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw with AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow last weekend.

Striker Jo Kuffour put the visitors ahead after just eight minutes to notch his second goal in as many games but it proved to be something of a false dawn as the hosts fought back to dominate the contest. They levelled within eight minutes through striker Paul McCallum's close range finish and the West Ham United loanee then put the Dons ahead four minutes before half-time after making the most of some extremely generous defending. McCallum might have had a hat-trick on another day after hitting the bar in the first half and then seeing goalkeeper Jordan Archer pull off a superb save to keep out his close range header after the break.

Archer's save proved to be crucial as striker Matt McClure came off the bench to equalise against the run of play with less than twenty minutes remaining with a typical poacher's goal. It was enough to claim a point but the performance raised far more questions than answers and improvement will be needed if a relegation battle isn't to ensue. Manager Gareth Ainsworth will certainly be expecting more from his players this weekend. He named an unchanged starting line-up last time out with defender Marvin McCoy and striker Matt McClure both returning to the bench after recovering from illness and injury respectively.

Next up is a visit from Dagenham and Redbridge and they will be looking to do the double over the Blues having already won 3-0 back in September when the two sides met at Victoria Road in Ainsworth's first game in caretaker charge. The game is in considerable doubt however with freezing temperatures having already hit the Chair Metropolis and heavy snow forecast for the 24 hours before the game. Despite the undersoil heating at Adams Park, the surrounding areas might well be considered unsafe.

There is a rich history between the Chairboys and the clubs that were amalgamated to become Dagenham and Redbridge FC. Ilford FC were the first club to formed back in 1881 and Leytonstone FC were founded five years later in 1886. It was the Stones who first faced the Wanderers in a F.A. Amateur Cup third round tie at Loakes Park in February 1910, with the hosts running out 5-3 winners. They were also the first ever opponents in the Isthmian League in September 1921 when the East Londoners won 4-3 at Granleigh Road. The first meetings with Ilford also came in the Wanderers inaugural Isthmian League campaign in 1921/22. Walthamstow Avenue were formed in 1900 and first faced up to the Blues in a first round F.A. Amateur Cup tie at Loakes Park on New Years Day 1927. 4,000 fans saw the home side win 3-2.

Dagenham FC were the last of the original clubs to be founded in 1949 and again the first encounter between the two sides came in a F.A. Amateur Cup first round tie in January 1956. 8,250 saw the Chairboys cruise to a 4-1 victory. Perhaps the most memorable meeting was on the final day of the 1974/75 Isthmian League season when Wycombe needed three points to claim the title. There was a sense of desperation amongst the vast majority of the 3,800 at a rain-lashed Loakes Park as the game ticked into the final five minutes. Striker Keith Searle then popped up to slam the ball home in front of the Gasworks End to seal a dramatic and glorious 1-0 victory.

Leytonstone and Ilford merged in 1979 and then subsumed Walthamstow Avenue in 1988 to become Redbridge Forest FC. The Wanderers only faced Forest twice in the 1991/92 season when Jason Cousins' long range strike sealed a 1-0 win at Adams Park before a sensational performance saw Martin O'Neill's side win 5-0 at Victoria Road the following April. Redbridge Forest then merged with landlords Dagenham in the summer of 1992 to form the current Dagenham and Redbridge FC. The Chairboys have hosted them on five previous occasions to date, recording a crucial 1-0 victory in a top-of-the-table Conference clash at Adams Park, courtesy of Dave Carroll's early header, before winning 3-1 in Bob Lord Trophy semi-final first leg, all in the space of a week in February 1993.

The next clash didn't come until October 2005 when a brace from Clint Easton secured a 2-1 extra time win against their Conference opponents in a Football League Trophy tie. A fourth consecutive meeting on a Tuesday evening in January 2008 saw Leon Johnson handle the ball to concede a last minute penalty which Dave Rainford converted to give the Daggers their only victory (1-0) at Adams Park to date. They ought to have taken at least a point on their last visit back in September 2008 after the Wanderers were reduced to ten men when loan striker Simon Church was sent-off early on. A brace of headers from Mike Williamson were enough to give the hosts a 2-1 win however with Ben Strevens missing a last minute penalty for the visitors having equalised on the hour mark.

It remains to be seen whether Gareth Ainsworth will make any changes against the Daggers this weekend after a disappointing performance last time out. Matt McClure may be set for a recall and Ainsworth will want to get much more out of the likes of winger Joel Grant and striker Dean Morgan after last weekend's lacklustre showing. Defender Gary Doherty faces another three weeks or so on the sidelines as he recovers from surgery on his back. Danny Foster will miss the next five weeks after undergoing knee surgery whilst defender Defender Leon Johnson remains sidelined with a knee injury. Midfielder Matt Bloomfield will miss at least another month with a pelvic shear whilst full-back Grant Basey has been ruled out for the rest of the season. He continues his rehabilitation following surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament.

Here's the current list of players availability...

Gary Doherty (Centre Back) - ruled out with a back injury (has undergone surgery and is set for another three weeks on the sidelines)

Danny Foster (Right Back) - ruled out with a knee injury (recovering from knee surgery and is set for another five weeks on the sidelines)

Leon Johnson (Centre Back) - ruled-out with a knee injury (timescale for recovery unknown)

Matt Bloomfield (Midfielder) - ruled out with a groin injury (will be sidelined for at least another month)

Grant Basey (Left-Back) - ruled out with an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury (continues his rehabilitation following surgery and is unlikely to play again this season)

The Chairboys starting eleven could look something like this (4-4-2):

Jordan Archer

Michael Harriman - Dave Winfield - Kortney Hause - Charles Dunne

Joel Grant - Josh Scowen - Stuart Lewis - Sam Wood

Dean Morgan - Matt McClure

Subs: Lee Harrison, Anthony Stewart, Marvin McCoy, Gareth Ainsworth, Bruno Andrade, Matt Spring, Jo Kuffour


Dagenham and Redbridge manager John Still will mark the ninth anniversary of his second spell in charge of the club in April and he has overseen something of a transition in his time in the hot seat. Simply being in the Football League is a huge achievement for the self-styled 'Pub team from Essex' and they currently sit in 13th place in the League Two table, four points ahead of the Blues.

Still has generally stuck with a settled side this season and made just the one change to his starting line-up for their 2-1 home win over Richdale last time out. Striker Sam Williams was recalled to the side after being rested for the defeat at Morecambe last week with striker Josh Scott dropping back to the bench. There was also no place for winger Sean Shields after joining the club on a permanent deal from St Albans City last week. Still has no new injury concerns and has a fully-fit squad to choose from for the weekend clash with the Chairboys. Popular ex-Wanderer Darren Currie is very unlikely to be involved in the squad and he is the only direct connection between the current two sides.

Dagenham and Redbridge are likely to line up as follows: (4-4-2):

Chris Lewington

Gavin Hoyte - Luke Wilkinson - Scott Doe - Femi Ilesanmi

Luke Howell - Abu Ogogo - Matt Saunders - Medy Elito

Brian Woodall - Sam Williams

Subs: Jason Seabright, Jake Caprice, Billy Bingham, Kevin Maher, Sean Shields, Jake Reed, Josh Scott


Here are all the stats...


The league table currently shows Wycombe in 17th place with 33 points from 27 games and Dagenham in 13th spot with 37 points from 28 games.


Daggers Away Record......W 4 - D 3 - L 7 - Pts 15...Ppg 1.07 (Rank-16)

Wycombe Home Record...W 4 - D 4 - L 5 - Pts 16...Ppg 1.23 (Rank-15)


Dagenham last five results (All Competitions)

Lg2: Port Vale (H).............Lost 2-3

Lg2: Northampton (A)........Lost 1-3

Lg2: Accrington (A)...........Won 2-0

Lg2: Morecambe (A)..........Lost 1-2

Lg2: Rochdale (H).............Won 2-1


Wycombe's last five results (All Competitions)

Lg2: Cheltenham (A)..........Lost 0-4

Lg2: Plymouth (A)..............Won 1-0

Lg2: Exeter (H)..................Lost 0-1

Lg2: Chesterfield (H)..........Won 2-1

Lg2: Wimbledon (A)..........Drew 2-2


Dagenham Goal Stats (32 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 42...Cups: 3...Total: 45

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 41...Cups: 9...Total: 50

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 21...Cups: 0...Total: 21

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 26...Cups: 6...Total: 32

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 8.....Cups: 0...Total: 8

Failed to score...................Lg: 5.....Cups: 3...Total: 8


Wycombe Goal Stats (31 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 32...Cups: 4...Total: 36

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 40...Cups: 8...Total: 48

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 15...Cups: 0...Total: 15

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 14...Cups: 0...Total: 14

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 7.....Cups: 0...Total: 7

Failed to score...................Lg: 8.....Cups: 2...Total: 10


Dagenham's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Sam Williams...........8

Dwight Gayle...........7

Luke Howell.............7

Michael Spillane.......5

Luke Wilkinson.........4

Matthew Saunders....3

Medy Elito................3

Three other players have each scored 2 goals.

Two other players have each scored 1 goal


Wycombe's Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Matt McClure............8

Joel Grant................7

Dean Morgan............5

Gareth Ainsworth......2

Bruno Andrade.........2

Jo Kuffour................2

OG..........................2

Stuart Beavon..........1

Matt Bloomfield.........1

Gary Doherty...........1

Kortney Hause.........1

Josh Scowen............1

Matt Spring..............1

Dave Winfield...........1

Sam Wood...............1


Dagenham Shooting (Top-3) - All Comps

Dwight Gayle......28 on-target...22 off-target...5 against woodwork

Sam Williams......21 on-target...18 off-target...2 against woodwork

Medy Elito...........20 on-target...15 off-target...0 against woodwork


Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Comps

Dean Morgan......23 on-target...17 off-target...6 against woodwork

Joel Grant...........17 on-target...20 off-target...0 against woodwork

Matt McClure.......12 on-target...14 off-target...1 against woodwork


Shooting (Club) - League only

Daggers.....155 on target...169 off target...12 against w'work (Rank-16)

Wycombe...106 on target...112 off target.....9 against w'work (Rank-22)


Most Assists

Dagenham - Matthew Saunders.....7

Wycombe - Stuart Lewis...............4


Discipline - All Comps

Dagenham.....2 Red Cards - 36 Yellow Cards

Wycombe.......5 Red Cards - 49 Yellow Cards


League Form Guide

All Season


Dagenham...Pld: 28...W: 10...D: 7...L: 11...Pts: 37...Pts per game: 1.32

Wycombe.....Pld: 27...W: 9....D: 6...L: 12...Pts: 33...Pts per game: 1.22


Last Five league Games

Dagenham........LLWLW - 6 points (Rank-16)

Wycombe.........LWLWD - 7 points (Rank-14)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Dagenham.........LWLWL - 6 points (Rank-12)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Wycombe........WWDLW - 10 points (Rank-6)


Against Top Half Opposition

Dagenham....Pld: 15...Pts: 17...Pts per game: 1.13...(Rank-16)

Wycombe......Pld: 14...Pts: 13...Pts per game: 0.93...(Rank-19)


Against Bottom Half Opposition

Dagenham....Pld: 13...Pts: 20...Pts per game: 1.54...(Rank-15)

Wycombe......Pld: 13...Pts: 20...Pts per game: 1.54...(Rank-16)


Record in the First Half of games

Dagenham......W: 11...D: 8...L: 9....Pts: 41 (Rank-5)

Wycombe.......W: 9.....D: 9...L: 9....Pts: 36 (Rank-11)


Record in the Second Half of games

Dagenham.....W: 8...D: 11...L: 9.....Pts: 35 (Rank-12)

Wycombe.......W: 6...D: 10...L: 11...Pts: 28 (Rank-22)


Previous Meetings

In 10 previous meetings there have been 6 wins for Wycombe, 2 for Dagenham and 2 draws.

At Adams Park the tally is 4 wins for the Chairboys and 1 for the Daggers.

1992/93 Con: Wycombe 1 Dag & Red 0

1992/93 BLT: Wycombe 3 Dag & Red 1

1992/93 BLT: Dag & Red 0 Wycombe 0

1992/93 Con: Dag & Red 1 Wycombe 2

2005/06 FLT: Wycombe 2 Dag & Red 1

2007/08 Lg2: Dag & Red 2 Wycombe 2

2007/08 Lg2: Wycombe 0 Dag & Red 1

2008/09 Lg2: Wycombe 2 Dag & Red 1

2008/09 Lg2: Dag & Red 0 Wycombe 1

2012/13 Lg2: Dag & Red 3 Wycombe 0


The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Craig Pawson from South Yorkshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2008. Last season he took charge of Wycombe's epic 3-1 win at Exeter City. During the current campaign he's issued 3 red and 63 yellow cards in 21 appearances.


Predictions

Benny: Wycombe 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Len: Wycombe 3 Dagenham & Redbridge 2




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Date:Thursday January 17 2013

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