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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 Shrewsbury Town 22 43
2 Wycombe Wanderers 22 43
3 Burton Albion 23 43
4 Luton Town 22 41
5 Southend United 22 38
6 Plymouth Argyle 22 37
7 Newport County AFC 22 37
8 Exeter City 23 37
9 Bury 22 34
10 Stevenage 22 31
11 Morecambe 22 30
12 AFC Wimbledon 22 30
13 Accrington Stanley 22 30
14 Cambridge United 22 29
15 Portsmouth 22 27
16 Mansfield Town 22 27
17 Oxford United 22 25
18 Cheltenham Town 22 25
19 Northampton Town 22 24
20 Carlisle United 22 24
21 York City 22 23
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 22 21
23 Tranmere Rovers 22 19
24 Hartlepool United 22 14

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