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Dagenham dossier offers high praise

6 September 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock has received glowing reports about Saturday’s opponents Dagenham and Redbridge.

John Still’s Dagenham side are the Blues next visitors at Roots Hall as Southend target their third consecutive win on home soil.

But as League Two’s elder statesmen go head-to-head, Sturrock knows he is in for a rough ride.

“I have had some real good reports about Dagenham this year,” the Scot told the official website.

“They are a young side who are very athletic who will make it a difficult game for us.

“John Still was here on Wednesday and I have spoken to other teams who have played them recently they have said that they have some match winners in their team.

“But we are very pleased to have tidied ourselves up and had we won the Accrington game rather than lost it then we would be saying what a fantastic start to the season we have had.”

With the loan system swinging back into action from Friday night boss Paul Sturrock hopes to be able to make additions to his squad.

Southend were unable to secure any new signings before last weeks transfer window closed, but Sturrock now hopes the loan market will see him do some business.

“I think a lot of store is put on these transfer windows as panic seems to flow through football clubs when the window closes,” he said. “Seven days later you can loan players. 

“We are in the group of clubs that have to use the loan system so come Friday night players are available again. 

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice that there are a couple of holes in our squad that have to be filled and we are looking into it.”

Southend should have winger Kevan Hurst available again after the midfielder returned to training today.

Hurst missed Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win with concussion after failing a fitness test but should be return against Dagenham whilst fellow wide man Dave Martin will be assessed on Friday after having an injection in his ankle.

Supporters can still purchase tickets for Saturday’s match against Dagenham at Roots Hall (3pm) from the Blues Box Office by calling 08444 77 00 77 or by visiting our online ticketing site.

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