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We know what to expect

27 February 2013

City boss Phil Parkinson believes this Wednesday evening's opponents Dagenham & Redbridge won't be affected too greatly for tonight's match despite the recent departure of their long-term manager John Still.

Dagenham will head the Coral Windows Stadium tonight minus Still in the dug-out after the 62 year-old decided to leave to join ambitious Blue Square Bet Premier side Luton Town on Tuesday.

Still's departure means this evening's encounter at Valley Parade will be a first in charge of the Daggers for Interim Manager Wayne Burnett after being given the job until the end of the season.

Before his move to Luton, Still's nine-year reign at Dagenham - his second spell in charge of the club - saw the former defender listed as the fourth longest-serving manager in English professional football.

Along with leading Dagenham up the footballing pyramid from non-league into the Football League and even to a spell in League 1 despite minimal funds to work with, Still was also credited with finding a number of previously unknown talents who have since gone on to star in the Championship and beyond.

Having come across Still many times during his managerial career, Parkinson admits it will be slightly strange not seeing him on the touchline tonight. The Bantams boss insists, however, that Still's departure shouldn't have too great a bearing on tonight's match.

Parkinson said: "John has obviously seen a great opportunity at Luton and feels he can do well there.

"It is clearly a huge loss for Dagenham after all of John's years of service but I'm sure Wayne Burnett will be relishing the chance to take this opportunity he has been given.

"We know what to expect from Dagenham and I don't think anything major is going to change in one day.

"We know the job in hand and what we have to do.

"There will be changes. We will go in with a strong team tonight because we know you have to be physically strong in certain areas against a side like Dagenham.

"Tonight is the first of a fifteen-game season for us now.

"Because of the way our fixtures are laid out between now and the end of the season, the games will come thick and fast for us now.

"We're used to that this season though, and we have the likes of Kyel Reid, Michael Nelson, Andrew Davies and Andy Gray who haven't really played too much football this season.

"There was obviously an element of disappointment within the camp after Sunday (City's Capital One Cup Final with Swansea City) because we'd lost a cup final. You can't get away from that fact.

"We could have probably played better on the day, but we have to hold our hands up and say that we came up against an outstanding side.

"We're back in work now, however, and everything is aimed towards this Dagenham game."

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