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Nic Ladds 29th May 2010 - 15:21

The Daggers to Still be in League Two next year

After such an impressive season in Dagenham, John Still's side's dream of a place in League One will just fall short as Rotherham will prove too strong at Wembley.

Dagenham (7/4) could look like the form team coming in to this match after their 7-2 aggregate win over Morecambe in their semi-final match and they have undoubtedly had an impressive season. I just think Rotherham's experience and quality will prevail on the day and will seal promotion.

Rotherham (6/4) are slight favourites pre-match but it is undoubtedly a close one to call, with just one point separating all the sides in League Two's play-off spots, it was always going to be tight. Rotherham did the league double over Dag & Red this season and will come in to the match with a mental edge.

Rotherham boss Ronnie Moore will be hopeful his side can improve on their end of season league form though, in their last 11 matches they won just four.

The Millers made it to Wembley by beating Aldershot 1-0 away and 2-0 at home - coincidentally the same scorelines they beat Dagenham home and away in the league this season.

Even though this match is on neutral turf, those scorelines still look good as Rotherham have goals in them and when they win, they often win to nil (11/4). In this match the scorelines of 1-0 and 2-0 are 13/2 and 11/1 respectively and if you agree that Rotherham will win, those are the bets of the day.

Whether Rotherham win or lose will mainly be down to one man, Adam Le Fondre. The lethal front man scored 30 goals in all competitions this season and scored all three goals when these two sides met in the league.

Le Fondre really is vital as when he plays well and scores, with Rotherham's defence pretty solid, they usually win. He is favourite to open the scoring at 4/1 or even money at any time; you can also get 13/2 on Le Fondre to score first and Rotherham to win in a wincast.

If he has a bad day, Dag and Red would need their strikers to perform and they could have a chance. Paul Benson (4/1) and Josh Scott (6/1) are without doubt their biggest threats with 37 goals between them this season.

Dagenham could name the same line-up from the semi-final stage, as long as midfielder Peter Gain recovers from his calf injury.

Rotherham have named the same squad of 18 and the starting 11 should be the same, but Ronnie Moore could tinker around with it as he will need a player in the middle with the stamina to keep up with the opposition for 90 minutes.

Young Josh Walker, on loan from Middlesbrough, is fancied to break his way in to that midfield and with 3 goals in 15 appearances from midfield, that's not a bad return and could be worth an each way punt at 14/1 first goal.

Dag & Red showed they were no pushovers this season and just getting this far is a bit achievement. They will no doubt show the fight and determination that Still has drilled in to them all season right until the death but I just think Rotherham will get the win today.



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