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Jon Riley 17th May 2010 - 15:33

End of an era, end of the season

Dagenham's players have already ordered their Wembley suits and can now look forward to playing at the home of English football on May 29th.

They blew away Morecambe with a blistering display of attacking football. The 6-0 demolition is the biggest first leg lead in the history of the play-offs.

Dagenham and Redbridge boss John Still hailed an "amazing day", one that has rendered this second leg almost meaningless. The Daggers boss knows that his side still have to travel to Morecambe and put on a professional display.

The team from East London are 12/5 to win at Christie Park. The emphatic nature of the first leg victory has meant that we won't be offering any qualification odds.

The Dagenham team is likely to be very similar to the one that kicked off at Victoria Road with the possible exception of Peter Gain. The midfielder is one booking away from triggering a one match suspension.

Morecambe will be out to salvage some pride in front of their home fans in the second leg. Shrimps manager Sammy McIlroy was furious with his team's approach in the first leg. "Our defending was dreadful. That was the worst defending I've seen."

The game could prove to be an emotional night for the hardcore Morecambe support. This will be the last ever game at the club's historic Christie Park. Once the final whistle blows it will be, as the clubs promotional mugs, scarves and memorabilia say, an end of an era.

The Shrimps are favourites to win the game at 21/20 which is a reasonable price considering that Dagenham won't be taking too many risks ahead of their potential play-off final and that Sammy McIlroy's team are solid at home.

Home strikers Phil Jevons and Paul Mullin head the betting to break the deadlock at 4/1 and 5/1 respectively.

Chief tormentors for Dagenham in the first leg were the club's top scorer Paul Benson and the four-goal hero Josh Scott. Both players are 6/1 to open the scoring and give this lopsided tie even further imbalance.

My tip is for a high scoring victory for Morecambe. 3-1 and 3-2 can be backed at 14/1 and 22/1.

In the total match goals market you can back over 2.5 at 4/5.



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