Quite a bold statement I think you will agree? Let me explain why we are just like Arsenal at the moment. Firstly we have both lost our star midfield players; Fabregas for Arsenal, Romain Vincelot and Danny Green for us. Secondly we both have long-standing managers. Thirdly we seem to be winning games 1-0 at the moment like the Arsenal side of the George Graham era, and we’ve won at Wembley recently…oh wait forget that, oh well three out of four for Arsenal isn’t too bad is it?
After the our annual first round exit of the Carling Cup, losing 5-0 to Bournemouth, which will no doubt be followed by our annual exit of the other cup competitions at the first round stage to follow shortly, we find ourselves in fifth place, having won three out of our four league games.
It’s a good start and we’ve turned over Swindon and Bradford in the process as well. I love the way these so called ‘big’ clubs think we should just turn up and roll over. It’s not just us either – the Southend fans going nuts because they lost to Burton yesterday as well never ceases to make me laugh. Reality check please guys, your in this league because you deserve to be.
To be fifth with all the new faces and injuries we have at the moment – Peter Gain, Kevin Maher and Josh Scott – is a great achievement. We’ve also won twice away as well, something we didn’t manage until nearly Christmas last year in League One. The moaning about the green kit has stopped (sorry still don’t like it) and the team have started to play the Daggers way. Quick, high tempo football that puts pressure on our opponents.
I’m not going to get carried away making stupid comments about where we will finish, take note Swindon, Southend, Crawley fans, as this is a tough division this year, far tougher than when we got promoted, and after all it is only August but I think a top 7 finish won’t be beyond us this year.
Winning 1-0 every week doesn’t do a lot for my heart to be honest, but if it means promotion I’ll take it as would others. I’m sure our forwards will find the goal on a more regular basis shortly we just have to be patient with them, something we are good at as we never turn on our own.
Saturday sees Torquay travel to Victoria Road; last season’s beaten play-off finalists, and we will be looking to continue our excellent start to the season. I don’t see anymore players leaving us before the transfer window closes, and to be honest I don’t see any arriving either. So a settled squad, with a few new faces, as we start to gather the points we need to perhaps bounce back into League One at the first attempt. Only time will tell.
Written by Anthony Hodgson, We Are Going Up’s Dagenham & Redbridge Blogger
Anthony tweets at @ahodgson72