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The L.B Barking & Dagenham Stadium (ATT 1,883) 18th April 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Miller

Dag + Red Dagenham & Redbridge vs Bradford City Bradford

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Daggers and Bantams battling to keep play-off hopes alive

Last Updated: 17/04/09 3:51pm

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Nurse: Could return

Nurse: Could return

New Dagenham signing David Button is expected to go straight into the starting line-up for Saturday's home clash with fellow play-off hopefuls Bradford.

The Tottenham goalkeeper, 20, has been drafted in on an emergency loan as cover for Tony Roberts, who is struggling with a suspected cracked rib that could keep him out for the rest of the season.

Solomon Taiwo and Jon Nurse will both return to the squad after missing the last two matches due to knocks sustained in the recent defeat at Exeter.

Paul Benson, still not fully match fit following knee surgery, and Ben Strevens will resume their 32-goal strike partnership.

The Daggers go into the game in 10th place, four points off the play-off places, while Bradford are two points adrift of the top seven.

No new worries

The Bantams have struggled as the promotion scrap has intensified in recent weeks, failing to win in their last eight to slip from fourth to ninth.

Manager Stuart McCall has the luxury of naming an unchanged side, though, as no new injury or suspension worries arose from the 1-1 draw at home to Lincoln on Easter Monday.

McCall must decide whether to retain Michael Boulding alongside Peter Thorne up front or recall Paul Mullin, who is on loan from Accrington.

On-loan Rangers midfielder Dean Furman, who has missed the last two matches due to a knee injury, is hoping to be back in contention.

Winger Keith Gillespie and midfield pair Chris Brandon and Nicky Law are also pushing to be included in the starting line-up.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 43 71
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 Portsmouth 43 54
15 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
16 Cheltenham Town 43 52
17 Accrington Stanley 43 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 43 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 43 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39

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