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Bromley’s target is to blunt Daggers

PUBLISHED: 08:15 23 November 2018

Bromley manager Neil Smith (Pic: Simon O'Connor)

Bromley manager Neil Smith (Pic: Simon O'Connor)

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Ravens suffered a 3-1 defeat at leaders Leyton Orient last Saturday

Neil Smith is hopeful his Bromley team can get back on the winning trail when they host Vanarama National strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

The Ravens return home to Hayes Lane this weekend following a 3-1 loss away to leaders Leyton Orient last Saturday.

Smith was forced to name a patched up side for the trip to Brisbane Road, with several first-team players unavailable for the clash against Orient.

Many of those who missed last week’s game should be fit for the visit from Peter Taylor’s Daggers, which manager Smith feels is a huge boost for Bromley.

Speaking after the loss to Orient, Smith told the club website: “We want to turn things around against Dagenham.

“Hopefully I’ll have a full quota of players to choose from with no players on international duty and very few injuries. I hope we can put our best players out there and put a show on.”

Despite the end result at Orient, Bromley had in fact taken the lead in the lead in the 41st minute through John Goddard.

However, Orient captain Jobi McAnuff equalised with a free-kick in the 56th minute, before Josh Koroma put the home team ahead three minutes later.

The Ravens then conceded a third with 13 minutes remaining as Macauley Bonne, the league’s second top scorer, profited from a David Gregory fumble.

Smith, though, feels the Hayes Lane club can be proud of their display despite the loss at Orient, particularly as Bromley were missing so many players.

“We were unfortunate to lose with the team we had,” added the 47-year-old.

“With Alan Dunne just coming back from his injury as well going into a massive game like we had on Saturday, I thought he was outstanding for the time he was on the pitch.

“We were 1-0 up at half-time and everything was going how we planned it. Second half, we tried to do exactly the same and if John goes through and puts that chance away, it’s 2-0 and a different game as they would have had to come at us and we might have picked them off.

“As soon as they scored that free-kick, the crowd got behind them and from there, it was a difficult game.”

If Bromley can take the lead again this weekend against Dagenham, they will hope to hold on to it.

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