02:25PM, Thursday 05 December 2019
Maidenhead United will be looking to put last weekend’s 4-0 drubbing by Barrow firmly behind them when they travel to Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend.
Devonshire’s side were soundly beaten by the league leaders at York Road and the manager has called for a reaction from his players this weekend.
Scott Quigley, Dior Angus, Patrick Brough and Olly Dyson shared the goals between them as the Bluebirds marched further clear at the top of the National League and Devonshire says his side must improve by ‘25 to 30 per cent’ to get anything from their trip to East London.
“We just have to be a lot better,” he said.
“We have to be 25 to 30 per cent better than we were on Saturday, and we just have to defend better after a letting a lot of goals in past few games.
“We need to firm up at the back and go forward from there.
“We need to get back to being hard to beat.”
Defender Joe Ellul will sit out the second of his two match suspension against the Daggers, but James Comley should be fit for a return to league action after playing in Tuesday’s 4-0 Berks & Bucks Senior Cup win over Binfield. Danny Whitehall will also be hoping to lead the line after scoring a hat-trick in the cup win.
“The last few games we’ve been far too open,” said Devonshire. “We have had a lot of little niggles, we’ve had James (Comley) away and then he was ill. It’s happened to some of our most important players and it’s been like that all season to be honest.
“Hopefully they’ll all get back (from injury) soon so I can play players where I want to play them.
“Saturday will be a tough one, they’re a decent side with some good players and they’ll be looking to bounce back as well so it should be a good game.
“Defender Joe Ellul will sit out the second of his two-match ban, having played in Tuesday’s win over Binfield in the cup. There were a few boys that needed games on Tuesday so it was good for that.
“It also gave us the chance to bed in some youngsters. It was good to bring them in and they all did OK.
“Reece (Smith) has been training with us for a while now and I was pleased with him when he came on and Fred (Chapman) kept a clean sheet so it was good.”
Dagenham have also been in patchy form of late, although Devonshire felt they were unfortunate not to pick up anything from Saturday’s 1-0 away defeat at Chorley.
The side have lost six of their last seven matches, although their solitary win in that run was a resounding 6-1 victory against Aldershot Town.
Going into the game the Magpies sit in 17th place, five points above the bottom four, with Dagenham just two points better off in 16th place.
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