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Official Match Thread Dagenham & Redbridge v Southend United - The Buildbase FA Trophy

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The Big Dady

Light & Bitter⭐
Staff member
Jan 20, 2007
The Official Match Thread brought to you by ShrimperZone.com

So here we are the 4th Round of The Buildbase FA Trophy of the 2021/22 season. This is the Dream Team’s 7th away game in charge since Kevin Maher and his management team were appointed at the Mighty Shrimpers.

Our 4th Round Buildbase FA Trophy match is away against Dagenham & Redbridge.

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It is now time for ALL of us to get behind Kevin Maher, his management team, and the playing squad whether you are at The Chigwell Construction Stadium (Victoria Road), listening on the radio, or listening on ifollow, and make that famous "Roots Hall Roar".

Southend United’s 4th Round Buildbase FA Trophy away Team of the 2021/22 season


The Chigwell Construction Stadium (Vitoria Road) pitch looks fantastic and is ready action, the match kicks off at 3.00pm Saturday 15th January 2022 is against Dagenham & Redbridge. It looks like we are going to have light cloud with a gentle breeze and some mist/fog for afternoon’s game.

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The weather forecast for today at The Chigwell Construction Stadium (Victoria Road)

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League Positions Last Season

23rd (2021/22 Season) (EFL League Two) Southend United (Relegated)
12th (2021/22 Season) (National League) Dagenham & Redbridge

League Positions This Season

6th (2021/22 Season) (National League) Dagenham & Redbridge
18th (2021/22 Season) (National League) Southend United

League Position Change
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Previous 5 Meetings

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-3 Southend United (L2 14/03/15 Att. 3,393)
Southend United 0-0 Dagenham & Redbridge (L2 28/12/14 Att. 6,966)
Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1 Southend United (L2 28/01/14 Att. 2,624)
Southend United 0-1 Dagenham & Redbridge (L2 22/10/13 Att. 4,523)
Southend United 2-5 Dagenham & Redbridge (JPT2 08/10/13 Att. 3,236)

Head to Head record

Southend United Wins: 13
Draws: 4
Dagenham & Redbridge: 2

Current Form

Dagenham & Redbridge
Southend United D L D W W

Come On You Blues!

The Big Dady

Light & Bitter⭐
Staff member
Jan 20, 2007
Managers Pre-match Views

Dagenham & Redbridge

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Dagenham & Redbridge manager Daryl McMahon

DaggersTV heard from Daryl McMahon after training this afternoon, as he looks ahead to Saturday's Buildbase FA Trophy clash vs Southend United at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

Southend United

Southend United’s Manager Kevin Maher talks to ifollow before the game with Dagenham & Redbridge

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Southend United’s Manager Kevin Maher talks during his ifollow interview

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Southend United’s Manager Kevin Maher talks to Chris Phillips at the Echo before the game with Dagenham & Redbridge

Looking forward not back - Blues boss Kevin Maher

Southend United boss Kevin Maher will be looking forward not back when the Shrimpers head to Dagenham & Redbridge in the fourth round of the FA Trophy tomorrow.

Blues go into the game on the back of two successive victories and have now been beaten just once in seven matches.

But Maher is not getting carried away.

“Tuesday was good against Yeovil but it’s gone so we’re focusing on the next one and not looking back,” said the Shrimpers boss.

“We’re pleased with how it went and how we played but we’ve put it to bed and we’re looking towards Dagenham now.

“It’s a big month for us and we’ve had a good start but there’s a long way to go with some big games coming up.”

And Maher was also keen to impress he would be taking Saturday’s clash seriously, despite it being a break from the National League campaign.

“We always look to win games and this is a cup competition with a Wembley final so we want to do well in it,” said Maher.

“It’s the next game too so all our focus is on it.

“We don’t ever look too far ahead so everything is looking at Saturday and trying to bring the same intensity we showed against Yeovil.”

Saturday’s match is also a repeat of Maher’s first game in charge, back in October.

Dagenham won 3-0 that afternoon but Maher does not see Saturday’s game as a chance to show how much Blues have improved.

“I don’t really look at it like that,” said Maher.

“I look at it as a game on its own merit.

“It’s a tough one for us and Daryl (McMahon) has a really good team there.

“It will be a good test for us and we will be better than the last time we went. “ Maher has made significant changes since taking charge of the Shrimpers, with just three of the starting line-up from his first game in charge being selected against Yeovil last time out.

But the Blues boss may be forced into changes this weekend with both Rhys Murphy (knee) and Will Atkinson (hamstring) facing late fitness tests after going off injured against Yeovil Town.

“We will assess them both and see how they settle down but fingers crossed they will be OK, “said Maher.
“We have one or two we need to look at and one or two might come in.

“But there will be opportunities for people if they do come in and this is a game we will definitely be taking seriously.

“Every game, whether in the under 23s or friendly, should be taken seriously and we want to win.”

Defender John White and midfielder Jack Bridge are both still sidelined while Leon Davies and Harrison Neal are both cup tied.

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Big Preview

Southend United v Dagenham & Redbridge

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Southend United’s first ever FA Trophy campaign continues on Saturday, as Kevin Maher’s side make the short trip to face Dagenham & Redbridge in the fourth round.

Blues surpassed National League South outfit Dorking Wanderers with a 2-1 victory to reach this stage, while the Daggers narrowly edged past Southern League South Division side Truro City, their tie was taken all the way to a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.

And now Maher will lead his side out at the Chigwell Construction Stadium for the second time since his appointment as Blues’ Head Coach, aiming for a better result than the 3-0 league defeat in his dugout debut.

It’ll be the first time the sides have clashed since John Still’s appointment as Head of Football at Roots Hall, he is very well acquainted with many at Dagenham and was involved with the club as recently as this season.

The Daggers’ former boss achieved two promotions during his time at the club.

The Opposition:

Blues last paid visit to Dagenham three months ago, and since, the Daggers have endured a mixed bag of results.

After their 3-0 victory against Maher’s side, Daryl McMahon’s outfit only tasted victory once in their following seven matches in all competitions, including five defeats.

But a strong show of character has turned their fortunes, seeing them produce a fine run of form, launching them back into the play-off picture, in sixth place and just four points from second.

The Daggers are the National League’s top scoring side, their attacking options ooze quality with the likes of Paul McCallum, Junior Morias, Angelo Balanta and Josh Walker all within their ranks.

And a familiar face for visiting Blues fans will be Myles Weston, who featured when the two sides clashed three months ago, contributing with an assist.


Blues have enjoyed an upturn in form and massively improved consistent performances.

In their last seven outings, Maher’s side have run out victors four times, drawing twice and losing just once.

Rectifying earlier struggles in front of goal, Blues have scored in each of their last seven matches.

But Saturday’s trophy tie will be a tough test for Southend, the Daggers winning five of their last six matches.

Two of their triumphs came against National League bottom side Dover Athletic, the two sides met twice within a week.

In their last six outings, McMahon’s side have bagged 13 goals.

From The Boss:

"It’s a big month for us,” said Maher.

"We’ve had a good start but there’s a long way to go with some big games coming up.

"Tuesday was good but it’s gone, we’re focusing on the next one now.

"The players have worked ever so hard in training and hopefully that’s what is starting to come out in games.

"It’s good to get points but you need consistency and we want to keep winning football matches.

"It’s a tough one for us and Darryl has a really good team there, it will be a good test for us and we will be better than the last time we went.

"We take every game seriously, under 23 games, friendlies, every game should be taken seriously.

"We always look to win games and this is a cup competition with a Wembley final so we want to do well in it, it’s the next game so all our focus is on it.

"We don’t look too far ahead, and we want the same level of intensity.

"Blues’ Team News:

Harrison Neal and Leon Davies will be unavailable for selection, having both already competed in the FA Trophy with their previous clubs.

Maher will make late calls on the fitness of Rhys Murphy and Will Atkinson, who were forced off the field with injury on Tuesday.

Simeon Akinola and James Dunne remain side-lined.

Ref Watch:

Jacob Miles will be the one calling the shots as Southend make the short trip to Dagenham.

He was the man in the middle when Blues travelled to Grimsby Town in November, as they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat.

Miles has taken charge of eight National League ties this season, showing 22 yellow cards and two reds.

Grzegorz Kornasiewicz and James Hurst will assist Miles, with Hugh Gilroy as fourth official.

Elsewhere in the FA Trophy:

Stourbridge v Guiseley AFC

Alfreton Town v FC Halifax Town

Dagenham & Redbridge v Southend United

St Albans City v Cheshunt

York City v Slough Town

Tonbridge Angels v King's Lynn Town

Southport v Solihull Moors

Notts County v Eastleigh

Dartford v Weymouth

Aldershot Town v Bromley

Boreham Wood v Maidstone United

Morpeth Town v Boston United

Yeovil Town v Needham Market

Stockport County v Larkhall Athletic

Spennymoor Town v Plymouth Parkway

Wrexham AFC v Folkestone Invicta

How to Follow:

Blues fans unable to attend the Chigwell Construction Stadium will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.

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Come On You Blues!

Westcliff Shrimper

Director of Footballs⭐
Apr 8, 2004
Suggests 3-4-3 and also that the squad is unbalanced. No central midfielders or strikers on a 7 man bench.

Long way to go before this is Maher's team but pleased to see Kensdale make his full debit.

overseas shrimper

Life President⭐
Oct 25, 2003
Seems we're not taking this seriously
I think that's a fairly ok starting XI considering injuries, knocks and cup tied players. Don't mind Lopata starting on the bench either. I'd rather we focused on the league. A win today would be a nice bonus and keeps the momentum going.


Dec 26, 2018
seems like a 3 -5-2 formation,but can be changed to 3-4-3 if neccassary as Kinali can play forward as well as midfield.


Dec 26, 2018
No its 3-4-3 looking carefully at the selection ,i think Ralph will be LWB


Aug 11, 2010
I think that's a fairly ok starting XI considering injuries, knocks and cup tied players. Don't mind Lopata starting on the bench either. I'd rather we focused on the league. A win today would be a nice bonus and keeps the momentum going.
Agree to an extent but if you pick Coulson over a fit and available Lopata you're not taking this seriously. If they want to use this to have a look at a few fringe players its fair enough but personally I'm a bit disappointed although relieved I didn't get a ticket. Of course we'll spank them now and I'll look a dick.


Aug 10, 2020
Show the same graft as seen on Tuesday we'll still have a chance. Let's see if the outsiders are worthy...

Yorkshire Blue

Super Moderator⭐
Staff member
Oct 27, 2003
Don’t like that formation with those players. Gard and Ferguson will get overrun in midfield as a pair rather than a three and what worked so well Tuesday was Ralph attacking from centre-half. Coulson can’t do that. It needs all three centre-backs comfortable on the ball. Hobson and Kensdale are but that’s not Coulson’s game.


Jul 9, 2011
So the leagues top scorers at full strength take on Coulson, Fergy and Gard ?

I thought Atko wouldnt make it to the bench or otherwise
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