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Bantams defender Stephen Darby: Come on feel the noise!
Stephen Darby is urging City to feed off the energy of the Valley Parade crowd.
The club expect around 17,000 fans for the much-anticipated visit of Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United.
City began their home campaign with a bang a fortnight ago by blasting hapless Carlisle 4-0.
And defender Darby believes the momentum of the Valley Parade faithful has another key role to play tomorrow against David Weir’s Blades.
The right back said: “The crowd were brilliant in the first home game and you could feel the energy from them.
“They are always the 12th man for us and the lads mention in the dressing room every time about how good they are.
“There are some good teams in this division but we don’t go into games fearing them.
“We want to play with a high tempo and not be fearful.
“It’s about being confident and stamping our authority on the game and having that crowd behind us keeps the lads going.”
Darby, who nailed down a regular role last season with 51 appearances, has plenty of previous experience in League One with Swindon, Notts County and Rochdale. But he is not taking his place for granted.
He added: “Competition for places this year is massive.
“The back four has been pretty settled but anyone can come in and slot in at any time.
“We’ve brought in Matty Taylor and big Luke Oliver is back from his injury and looking sharp.
“The team’s only getting stronger and that keeps everyone on their toes. It’s healthy.
“We’ve got the competition there in training. We’re all working hard towards the same thing.
“We’ve made a few signings and you can see the squad keeps improving.
“The first home game was a chance to put a marker down and we did that. But that’s all it is at the moment and we’ve got to keep building.”
* Dagenham have captured former City winger Zavon Hines on a one-year contract.
The 24-year-old links up with the League Two club having twice featured during pre-season friendlies over the summer, before also going on trial elsewhere and seemingly ending any hopes of a move to Victoria Road.
But after finally landing his transfer target, manager Wayne Burnett said: “I am delighted that we have managed to bring Zavon Hines to the football club.
“After miscommunications and lengthy discussions with Zavon, I am convinced that he wants to be a part of this Dagenham and Redbridge.
“He is an exciting talent with unquestionable ability and has a hunger to succeed and I feel we are getting him at a really good stage in his career.”
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