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27 February 2021 Venue Huish Park Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town - Dagenham & Redbridge

Look ahead to Saturday's National League clash

26 February 2021

Yeovil Town return to National League action in quick succession as they host Dagenham & Redbridge at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon (3pm). 

After a heroic win over local rivals Weymouth in midweek, the Glovers will be full of confidence going into the game and will be eager to build on a good run of form. 

Star striker Rhys Murphy, who bagged a phenomenal hat-trick against The Terras, will also be looking to add to his tally when the Daggers make the long trip to Somerset.  

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts 

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Sarll said: “It’s going to be another tough game for us. We know in this league no game is easy and it’s very hard to win football matches in such a competitive division. 

“In the National league a lot of winning is from human desire, dedication, determination and loads more, so we’ve got make sure that we are well prepared for the game.  

Dagenham are side who heavily recruited in the summer and are a team who have a great manager. They’ve got some great players, some players who I've also previously worked with, so again we know we’re in for a tough game. 

 

Team News  

Yeovil Town will be without Josh Staunton, Luke Wilkinson and Lawson D’Ath who all remain injured for the clash at Huish Park.  

However, there is some good news for Wilkinson who is expected to meet a consultant on Monday, as he approaches his way back to full fitness. 

Charlie Lee returned to the squad for the first-time against Weymouth, and he is still working his way to back to full match fitness, a player who is eager to make his return to the field.  

Sarll confirmed in his press conference that he expects Murphy to be fit for Saturday's game after being substituted on Tuesday evening with a groin strain.  

 

A foot in the opposition camp 

Dagenham & Redbridge have had a turbulent first half of the 2020/21 season and currently sit 18th in the National League table – seven points clear of the relegation places.  

Last time out, the Daggers suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Sutton United thanks to a brace from Harry Beautyman who further dampened Daryl McMahon’s side’s recent form 

A win over the Glovers, however, would see them jump up into 17th place and position themselves on level points with Yeovil as both sides approach the business end of the season.  

 

Previous meetings  

The last meeting between the two sides was back in October of 2020, as a ten-man Yeovil Town side battled hard for a point against Dagenham & Redbridge in a game that finished 0-0 at Victoria Road. 

After a positive first half performance from the Glovers, Wilkinson was given his marching orders in the second half. 

However, despite being a man down, Sarll’s side held their own to earn a share of the spoils in a game of very few chances. 

 

Coverage 

Under the current government restrictions, no Yeovil fans are able to attend the fixture, however Glovers fans can watch the game live on the improved YTFC Live service for just £9.99. 

BBC Somerset & Three Valleys will provide live audio commentary as usual along with social media updates available across the Yeovil Town channels. 

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MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town - Dagenham & Redbridge

Knowles' late strike secures victory

27 February 2021

Late heroics from Tom Knowles secured victory for Yeovil Town against Dagenham & Redbridge at Huish Park.

In what was Yeovil’s sixth home win in a row, the Glovers were good value for their victory, but Dagenham can feel hard-done-by not to leave with something, striking the bar in the second half.

It was an open game throughout, and a goal seemed inevitable, with Knowles’ stoppage time free kick ultimately separating the two sides come full-time.

After a memorable victory 3-1 over Weymouth in midweek, Darren Sarll opted for the same side which secured three points at Huish Park.

Adam Smith began in goal, with Alex Bradley, Max Hunt, Billy Sass-Davies and Carl Dickinson in defence.

The midfield diamond saw Jimmy Smith continue the deeper role. Josh Neufville and Matt Worthington continued in the wider roles with Albi Skendi at the tip of the diamond.

Once again, Reuben Reid and Rhys Murphy combined up front.

With Yeovil in such good form at Huish Park, the visiting Daggers knew they needed a fast start to get something out of the game, and they did just that, thrusting the ball into the Yeovil half.

It took seven minutes for Dagenham to test A.Smith, after the ball dropped kindly to Paul McCallum, somehow Smith got across to block the former Barnet forward's effort.

Despite the visiting Daggers' positive start, chances started to fall for Town as Sarll’s side settled into the game. After some patient build-up between Murphy and Skendi, the towering Albanian eventually found Worthington in the box, but his right-footed effort was well saved by Elliot Justham.

Yet, warning signs continued at the back for the Glovers, with Worthington forced into a goal line clearance on 17 minutes.

This didn’t stop Town flying forward, with the best opportunity of the half falling in the 21st minute. This came in the form of three great chances in quick succession! After Murphy's effort was saved, Bradley followed in but once again he had his effort saved. The ball then dropped to Reid, but the forward was off-balance and couldn't direct his effort on target.

As the half progressed, both Murphy and Neufville went close, but once again Justham was equal to their efforts, as the Dagenham backline stood firm.

The visitors defending was bordering on heroic on the 33rd minute as Elliot Johnson denied an almost certain goal with Murphy lining up a first-time effort from around 15-yards out.

At the break, both sides would have felt they had done enough to score, yet it was scoreless as both teams ventured down the tunnel.

The second half began in polarising fashion to the first, with Yeovil this time in the ascendancy.

A trademark Neufville run created Yeovil’s best chance in the opening stages of the second, as he dragged an effort across goal after beating two players on his way into the box.

Yeovil’s pressure did little to dishearten Dagenham, who began to enjoy a lot more of the ball as the grew into the half.

Matt Robinson would have been left thinking, what more did he need to do, as his header came crashing off the crossbar when he was left unmarked at the back-post.

As the game entered its closing stages, it was Yeovil who were turning the screw, Reid forced another brilliant save from Justham as his effort took two deflections on the way to the Daggers goalkeeper.

With stoppage time looming, Yeovil were handed a golden opportunity to take the lead, after Callum Reynold hauled down Reid at the edge of the box and was given his marching orders.

It was always going to take something special to beat Justham in this sort of form, and substitute Knowles provided just that, hammering a free kick beyond the visiting goalkeeper to claim all three points at the death.  

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Hunt, Sass-Davies, Dickinson (Kelly); J.Smith, Neufville, Worthington (Knowles), Skendi; Murphy (Quigley), Reid.

Bookings: J.Smith, Murphy

Subs: Dagnall, Lee.

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