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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 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 27 44
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 Cambridge United 26 36
13 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 26 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 27 27
23 Carlisle United 27 27
24 Hartlepool United 27 18

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