Richard Day previews Saturday's game
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE v GILLINGHAM
npower League Two
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium
Saturday August 25 2012
Team News -
In his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon manager Martin Allen stated he had no injury worries, everybody is 100% fit.
The Daggers have had three midfielders side lined, Kevin Maher and Matthew Saunders are both injured while Dom Green is still not match fit.
Dagenham with be wearing red shirts with blue trim, blue shorts with red trim and red socks. The Gills will be kitted out in their predominantly blue shirts with red sleeves, white shorts and socks. Colours -
Dagenham had lost 2-0 at last season’s play-off finalists Cheltenham Town on the opening day of the league season with ehe Robins netting twice in a four minute spell either side of the break.
In the Capital One Cup the Essex outfit lost out to League One Coventry City who snatched victory at the death thanks to a penalty from veteran debutant Kevin Kilbane.
The two sides have met four times previously all of which have been in League Two.
The first ever meeting took place on Boxing Day 2008 when a certain Ben Strevens gave the home side a terrific start when putting Dagenham ahead inside the opening minute. A poor performance by Mark Stimson’s side was completed when Paul Benson added a second five minutes into the second-half.
Last season the Daggers did the double over the Gills winning both games 2-1. On a very wet December 30 evening Danny Kedwell fired Gillingham into an early lead but goals from Billy Bingham and Brian Woodall saw the home side hit back to take the points.
Then on Easter Monday (April 9) Woodall put Dagenham ahead in the 38th minute but loanee Rowan Vine fired in an equaliser 13 minutes after the break. Dominic Green however won it for the Greens in the 73rd minute.
He has officiated in three Gillingham games previously, these were a 2-0 defeat at Port Vale in December 2006, the 1-0 home win over Burton Albion (September 2010) and the 3-0 victory against Plymouth Argyle at Priestfield early last season.
The Shropshire official has refereed two games so far this season. His first game was the Capital One Cup tie between Preston and Huddersfield and that was followed in midweek by the Scunthorpe v Crewe League One clash. In these two games he has handed out four yellow cards.
Fourth Official – Wade Norcott
Assistant referee’s – Carl Brook & Gary Evetts
Referee – Robert Lewis