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York City's Scott Kerr predicts 'hiding'
YORK City midfielder Scott Kerr is predicting a “hiding” for an opposition team at Bootham Crescent, ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with eighth-bottom Dagenham & Redbridge.
The Minstermen have equalled a club record by failing to net in each of the last four matches on their own soil but Kerr reckons an emphatic home win might lie just around the corner.
City have only won one of their seven home fixtures this term, beating Oxford 3-1 when Michael Coulson opened the scoring after just 16 seconds and Kerr believes making an early breakthrough might just provide the key to a goal avalanche for the hosts.
While also taking encouragement from Saturday’s 1-1 draw at his former club Bradford, Kerr said: “No disrespect to Dagenham but they’re not a Bradford City, so we need to come out of the traps straight away against them and I think there’s a hiding coming for a team if we can get that early goal.
“If we’d done that against Coventry last week, I think we would have gone on and won the game instead of losing because, if we get an early goal, I think we can go on to get three or four. You saw what can happen with England against San Marino when that first goal went in.
“They had struggled for 34 minutes but they got the goal and, suddenly, the game opens up. Dagenham will be the same.
“They will try and stop us but we’ve just got to keep playing like we did at Bradford and we’ll get the win.”
Kerr completed his first full match at Valley Parade after seven months sidelined following his cruciate knee ligament injury at Luton.
He had previously lasted 74 minutes in the 4-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Coventry, having made his comeback as a second-half substitute during the goalless draw with Rotherham on the back of just one reserve outing.
On his improving fitness levels, the Leeds-born 30-year-old said: “After 70 minutes at Bradford, I felt a bit tired but then I felt strong again and got a second wind. I’ve been out for seven months and then played three games in a week so it will be hard to get my fitness back but it will come.
“I felt good towards the end on Saturday and the more 90 minutes I get the better I will feel.”