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13 September 2013

Ward on this Saturday's game

John Ward says his team have been working on the attacking element on their game on the training pitch this week.

The manager said: “I am looking to improve the goal-scoring for this weekend.

“It is frustrating for me, as I pride myself that my teams will score goals, but at the moment we are not, and we are not creating a lot either.

“The week has been spent working on that, and trying to be positive in that respect. If we can get a run of games for our strikers then the team becomes more solid, and hopefully the front play becomes more effective.”

Eliot Richards and Ollie Clarke both played in the reserve team win against Mangotsfield last night, and could be available for the weekend.

John said: “Eliot played last night and he is fit and well for the weekend. Matt Gill and Garry Kenneth played as well, and Ollie Clarke got an hour, so hopefully we have got three or four of them ready to play.

“Eliot offers a different option, he plays off the big guy and if he was to come back in and play alongside one of the big guys I think he would enjoy that.

“Ollie took a knock just before he came off, so we are going to check him out today, but hopefully he will be ok.”

Dagenham have had an unpredictable start to the season, but the manager says you have to expect them to be at their best.

He said: “They beat Colchester 4-1 and they produced some threat against a team from a higher league, but we saw them lose 3-0 at Mansfield and play not very well at all, so it is an unpredictability.

"We have got to expect them to be on good form, and hope to catch them off it.

“I am sure their manager will mention the result from last season. If we are 3-0 up at quarter past three I will take that, but I don’t think that is likely.

“I think we will have a very difficult game on our hands, and hopefully we can give them one as well.”

All matches so far this season have been very close, with a single goal deciding each of them.

John said: “Every game we have had has been decided by the odd goal, and we have been very close. We have been in every single game so far.

“We will go to Dagenham and work hard to stay with the game, and if we can improve our shooting tally, we have a chance of coming back with a point or three, and that is important.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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