Dag­gers clash no sharper for Lu­ton

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Dan Gil­lott

THE links be­tween Lu­ton Town and Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge are ob­vi­ous but Hat­ters goal­keeper Mark Tyler is adamant there is no added spice to Sun­day’s Vic­to­ria Road show­down.

Lu­ton are man­aged by John Still, who spent more than a decade in charge of the Dag­gers across two sep­a­rate spells, leav­ing the sec­ond for Ke­nil­worth Road in 2013.

On top of that, cur­rent Hat­ters Craig Mack­ailSmith, Paul Ben­son and Scott Grif­fiths are just three mem­bers of the Lu­ton squad who were signed by Still dur­ing his Da­gen­ham days.

But vet­eran stop­per Tyler in­sists Sun­day’s clash is just an­other league game – and noth­ing to get too worked up about.

“There are con­nec­tions the gaffer and the staff have and a few of the play­ers, but we’ll treat it as an­other game,” said the 38-year-old.

“It’s not a spe­cial game for the team, just three points on show and hope­fully we can come away with a nice win.

“Peo­ple are work­ing hard up un­til Sun­day, noth­ing will change, we’ll do our prepa­ra­tion like we do for a Satur­day game.”

Lu­ton are wait­ing on the fit­ness of Dan Potts, Sean Long and Pelly Rud­dock Mpanzu af­ter they were all forced off in last week­end’s de­feat to Ply­mouth.

How­ever, Ben­son could fea­ture for the first time since Au­gust, while fel­low striker Mack­ail-Smith also hopes to be in­volved as both re­cover from neck in­juries.

Mean­while, mid­fielder James Dunne could be in line for a Dag­gers de­but af­ter join­ing from Portsmouth on loan and the 26-year-old is ea­ger to get stuck in.

“I’ve come down to try and help Da­gen­ham out,” said Dunne.

“I want to move up the ta­ble as we are sit­ting at the bot­tom of the league at the mo­ment which is ob­vi­ously not where we want to be. I feel I can come in and help them push up the ta­ble. There are some very good play­ers out there so I hope we can put some re­sults to­gether.

“I’ve played over 200 games of foot­ball so hope­fully I can pass some stuff on.”

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