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Preview: Dagenham & Redbridge v Wycombe Wanderers


Wycombe Wanderers travel to Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday for their 18th league game of the season.

With three defeats, two draws and one abandonment in their last six league outings, the Blues have forgotten how it feels to collect all three points and will be desperate to stop the rot.

After winning 1-0 at Bristol Rovers 40 days ago, Gareth Ainsworth's side climbed to 7th in the table, but recent results have seen them drop to 15th, eight points below the final play-off spot, albeit with a game in hand.

Tuesday's 1-1 draw at home to Exeter sparked a notable reaction among Wycombe fans. It was naturally disappointing to drop two points late in the game having held the lead for over 70 minutes, but certain aspects of the performance have created a stir.

The message boards of both the Blues and the Grecians were filled with allegations of negative, unimaginative football and chronic time wasting from the Wanderers. And they had a point.

Having taken the lead, Wycombe failed to press home their advantage, looked low on confidence, wasted time, and only came back to life after the visitors had equalised.

Square pegs in round holes made for a disjointed performance at a time when Wycombe desperately need to overcome their painful inconsistency and make Adams Park a more difficult place to visit.

With 17 games played, the Blues have collected 22 points which, despite their current form, is 9 points more than they had at the same stage last season.

But beware. It was at this point last season that Wycombe dramatically improved their results, winning 9, drawing 2 and losing just 2 of their next 13 league games.

Replicate that form, and the Blues will be well positioned for a promotion push. Continue as they have been recently, and the 9 point improvement on last season will soon be gobbled up.

Unfortunately, Victoria Road is not the easiest place to visit when you can't buy a win. The Daggers boast the third-best home record in the division, with 6 wins, 2 draws and only 1 defeat in all competitions on their own turf.

However, Ainsworth's reign as Wycombe manager started with a 3-0 defeat at Dagenham in September of last year, and the Blues' boss will be keen to demonstrate that his side have improved since then.


Here are all the stats...


League positions & comparison with last season

Wycombe (9 points better off)

After 17 games this season Wycombe are 15th with 22 points

After 17 games last season they were 24th with 13 points


Dagenham (5 points better off)

After 18 games this season Dagenham are 9th with 27 points

After 18 games last season they were 14th with 22 points


Wycombe Away Record....W 3 - D 2 - L 3 - Pts 11...Ppg 1.38 (Rank-8)

Daggers Home Record......W 5 - D 2 - L 1 - Pts 17...Ppg 2.13 (Rank-3)


Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

JPT: Swindon (A).............Lost 1-2

Lg2: Cheltenham (H)........Lost 1-2

FA Cup: Crewe (A)..........Won 2-0

Lg2: Chesterfield (A)........Lost 0-2

Lg2: Exeter (H)...............Drew 1-1


Dagenham's last five games (All Competitions)

FA Cup: Bristol City (A).....Lost 0-3

JPT: Peterborough (A).......Lost 0-1

Lg2: Burton (H)................Won 2-0

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

Lg2: Wimbledon (A).........Drew 1-1


Wycombe Goal Stats (23 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 22...Cups: 9...Total: 31

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 22...Cups: 6...Total: 28

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 11...Cups: 5...Total: 16

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 10...Cups: 2...Total: 12

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 3.....Cups: 2...Total: 5

Failed to Score...................Lg: 3.....Cups: 0...Total: 3


Dagenham Goal Stats (23 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 26...Cups: 11...Total: 37

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 23...Cups: 10...Total: 33

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 14...Cups: 4.....Total: 18

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 6.....Cups: 1.....Total: 7

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 4.....Cups: 0...Total: 4

Failed to Score...................Lg: 1.....Cups: 2...Total: 3


Wycombe Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Matt McClure.............5

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

Paris Cowan-Hall.......4

Steven Craig.............3

Max Kretzschmar......3

Jo Kuffour.................3

Anthony Stewart........3

Billy Knott.................2

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

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

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


Dagenham's top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Rhys Murphy.............9

Zavon Hines..............7

Abu Ogogo................5

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

Luke Howell...............3

Brian Saah................2

Josh Scott.................2

Afolabi Obafemi.........2

Two other players have each scored 1 goal.


Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - (All Competitions)

Dean Morgan..........9 on-target...16 off-target...1 against woodwork

Billy Knott...............9 on-target...14 off-target...0 against woodwork

Paris Cowan-Hall....11 on-target....6 off-target...0 against woodwork


Dagenham Shooting (Top-3) - (All Competitions)

Rhys Murphy..........23 on-target...21 off-target...0 against woodwork

Zavon Hines...........15 on-target...22 off-target...1 against woodwork

Medy Elito................4 on-target...13 off-target...0 against woodwork


Shooting (Club) - (League only)

Wycombe.....61 on target...86 off target...2 against w'work (Rank-23)

Dagenham....70 on target...90 off target...3 against w'work (Rank-18)


Discipline - (All Competitions)

Wycombe........4 Red Cards - 48 Yellow Cards

Dagenham.......1 Red Card - 25 Yellow Cards


League Form Guide

All Season


Wycombe....Pld: 17...W: 6...D: 4...L: 7...Pts: 22...Pts per game: 1.29

Dagenham...Pld: 18...W: 7...D: 6...L: 5...Pts: 27...Pts per game: 1.50


Last Five league Games

Wycombe........LDLLD - 2 points (Rank-22)

Dagenham.....WLWLD - 7 points (Rank-11)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe......WLWDL - 7 points (Rank-8)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Dagenham...WWLWW - 12 points (Rank-2)


Against Top Half Opposition

Wycombe......Pld: 8...Pts: 8.....Pts per game: 1.00...(Rank-17)

Dagenham.....Pld: 9...Pts: 14...Pts per game: 1.56...(Rank-2)


Against Bottom Half Opposition

Wycombe......Pld: 9...Pts: 14...Pts per game: 1.56...(Rank-13)

Dagenham.....Pld: 9...Pts: 13...Pts per game: 1.44...(Rank-16)


First Half v Second Half - Performance Comparison

First-Half


Wycombe......W: 5...D: 7...L: 5...Gf:8....Ga:10...Ppg: 1.29 (Rank-11)

Dagenham.....W: 9...D: 4...L: 5...Gf:13..Ga:9.....Ppg: 1.72 (Rank-4)


Second-Half

Wycombe......W: 5...D: 7...L: 5...Gf:14..Ga:12...Ppg: 1.29 (Rank-13)

Dagenham.....W: 7...D: 4...L: 7...Gf:13..Ga:14...Ppg: 1.39 (Rank-11)


Previous Meetings

In 11 previous meetings there have been 7 wins for Wycombe, 2 for Dagenham and 2 draws.

In Dagenham, the tally is 2 wins for the Chairboys, 1 for the Daggers and 2 draws.

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

2012/13 Lg2: Wycombe 1 Dag & Red 0


The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Keith Stroud from Hampshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2004. Last season he took charge of Wycombe's 2-1 defeat at home to Rochdale. During the current campaign, he's issued 3 red and 71 yellow cards in 16 games.


Prediction

Dagenham 1 Wycombe 1




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Date:Thursday November 28 2013

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