McMahon: Tough FA Cup test for Daggers at Maidenhead

Dagenham & Redbridge face a trip to National League rivals Maidenhead for an FA Cup first-round tie on Saturday, having celebrated a first win in five games last weekend.

Junior Morias scored twice, with Harry Phipps and Josh Walker also on target in a 4-1 win over Wealdstone at Victoria Road, which left injury-hit Daggers just three points off a play-off place.

And manager Daryl McMahon hailed their impressive home form, telling the club website: “”Yeah, I think we have lost one at home this season I believe [5-0 to Notts County]. 

“Going back to the end of last season, we were particularly good at home as well.

“I think it’s something that people who come to our ground know how we play will know it is going to be a difficult game for them. 

“We tend to have that kind of swashbuckling attitude towards how we play here, we play with freedom here and the longer that continues the longer we can keep it up.” 

Daggers have only lost twice in 17 games at home in the league since the start of February, winning eight matches and drawing seven, with both defeats against Notts County.

And they head west this weekend to face a Maidenhead United side who celebrated their first win in four, as Cole Kpekwa’s late header accounted for Bromley in a 1-0 victory.

Paul McCallum netted the only goal of the game when the sides met at Victoria Road in late August but is one of several Daggers players currently sidelined by injury.

And McMahon is hoping to avoid any more headaches in the run-up to the tie at York Road, as he prepares for a battle of wits with Alan Devonshire, who famously lifted the FA Cup with West Ham United in 1980.

“Hopefully everyone is okay, we’ve had nothing so far, touch wood everybody is okay for next week,” he added.

“Of course, we’ve got FA Cup action next, a week to prepare for it. We must be looking forward to it. 

“It’s a great competition, it’s going to be a tough game away to Maidenhead. It’s a difficult place to go, tough pitch, tough team but we have played them many times and we know what to expect.”

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