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Daggers boss Peter Taylor says club not yet safe from relegation

Dagenham and Redbridge need four more wins before they are safe from relegation, according to manager Peter Taylor.

The Daggers have 39 points from 31 games so far this season and are in 13th place, eight clear of the National League’s drop zone.

But, speaking to Time 107.5 ahead of tomorrow’s game against Wrexham, Taylor said: “There’s clubs that have got more games left than us so I still say that we need another four wins.

“We’ve got something like 15 matches to go. Hopefully with current form we can do that but, until it’s done, I will not be saying that we’re safe.”

As a result of well-documented financial issues, Dagenham started the season with a very youthful squad, including many players on loans and short-term contracts.

Results weren’t great to begin with; Daggers were bottom of the National League after eight games, picking up just two points.

But since then, and helped by investment from a consortium led by Peter B. Freund, Craig Unger and Tim Howard, results have picked up and Taylor has been able to bring in more experienced players, including a recent loan deal for Doug Loft from Shrewsbury.

Conor Wilkinson has been another key signing, scoring eight goals in 12 National League games. He first joined on loan from Gillingham in November but that move has since been made permanent.

Dagenham are now 13th in the league but Taylor thinks his current squad is more talented than their position suggests.

“The way that we started the season … we were getting punished a little bit and we were very unlucky not to have a few more points than we did.

“But I think if this squad started now, 46 matches, we’d be very close to the play-offs.”

Listen to the full interview with Peter Taylor below. He starts by talking about how different the club is now from when he first took over.

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