Next Up: Dagenham v Exeter

After two successive wins it was down to earth with a bump as City fell to a 3-0 defeat at Northampton on Saturday, but a hectic start to the season continues with another midweek trek to East London. Lee Holmes made his return to the side fromholmes_dive the bench and the former Preston man will continue to press for a start, while it will be too early for Jordan Moore-Taylor to return although he is back in training following his latest foot injury, and Will Hoskins’ rehabilitation is likely to continue from the bench.

One of the division’s relative paupers, Dagenham & Redbridge have managed to defy the odds each season in avoiding the drop back into non-league with relative ease. It has been a tricky start, however, for Wayne Burnett’s charges this season, with heavy defeats already at Portsmouth and Charlton (Capital One Cup) and at home to near neighbours Leyton Orient this weekend leaving them propping up the League Two table. While Burnett was able to make a couple of decent signings such as the experienced defender Nyron Nosworthy and the former Wycombe striker Matt McClure, it will be the evergreen former City striker Jamie Cureton to whom the Daggers will look for the goals to secure safety. Cureton bagged 20 goals last season and opened his account on Saturday with a late consolation against yet another of his former clubs.cureton_thumb

Last season City took maximum points from this fixture. It was Friday night lights in October as City came back from behind (Cureton) in the last ten minutes thanks to a Jimmy Keohane penalty and a flying header from Arron Davies, while it was the same scoreline on the final day of the season at the Park with Keohane marking his final appearance for the club with a beauty, then Tom Nichols being gifted an open goal by a horrendous backpass, before that man Cureton again scored a late consolation that was warmly received by home and away supporters alike. City are dominant in this fixture, with nine wins in league fixtures to the Daggers’ two (seven draws).

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