Daggers spy tips Owls to escape drop

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Away-day scout Paul gets home date as guest at Wednesday match

FORMER non-League star Paul Cavell from Worksop will be a spy coming in from the cold when the Owls play at Dagenham and Redbridge.

Cavell usually carries out away missions as a Daggers scout but will be a guest of the club at Saturday’s game, along with former Owls centre half Dave Cusack, who managed the Essex outfit.

The two clubs had never met before this season but are not without links: keeper Bob Bolder and the late Paul Shirtliff played for both.

Cavell was a striker team-mate of Shirtliff in the England non-League side but in his present role watched Owls summer friendlies to help his club to prepare for their visit to Hillsborough in August.

The 47-year-old, also a friend of Mel Sterland and a near neighbour of Liam Palmer in Worksop, has seen enough of Wednesday, while primarily assessing other Dagenham opponents, to believe that they will escape serious trouble.

“I think Wednesday will be all right,” he said, “and I hope Dagenham keep up.

“I think it’s a mini-league down there, of five or six teams. I’ll be surprised if Wednesday get sucked into the bottom four, and they have games in hand. But when you’re in a rut there’s only you get yourselves out of it.

“Dagenham will have been expected to be in the bottom four - but they’ve been on a good run of late.”

The Daggers, fifth from bottom, moved to within three points of 16th-placed Wednesday and extended an unbeaten run to five games with a 1-1 draw at Orient on Tuesday.

Cavell said: “Wednesday are a fantastic club. Before Dagenham went to Hillsborough, it was like a Cup final to them, in their first game of the season. That’s the difference between the clubs. It’s going to be interesting on Saturday. I’m really looking forward to it.”

He and Paul Shirtliff became club-mates and team-mates in the England non-League side after Shirtliff had been with the Owls in the Eighties.

Cavell signed for Dagenham in the 90s when current boss John Still was manager. When Still left for Peterborough, Cusack took over.

Cusack, 54, born in Rotherham, played more than 100 games for Wednesday between 1975 and 1978.

Bolder, a member of Jack Charlton’s promotion-winning 1980 side, joined Dagenham in 1995.

Wednesday beat the Daggers 2-0 in August with a Scott Doe own goal and a Clinton Morrison strike.