Culverhouse defends Daggers at set pieces
14:30 24 February 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge assistant says team are becoming more organised at corners and free kicks, despite struggling at Mansfield
Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Ian Culverhouse has made a case for the team’s method of defending set pieces after coming under pressure once again in the second half at Mansfield Town.
The visitors conceded 10 corners throughout the game away to the Stags with Daggers often choosing to pack the box with every outfield player they had to defend the resulting set piece.
While only one Mansfield goal came from that area of the game — Matty Blair’s 53rd minute strike came after a free kick — it left the east Londoners facing cross after cross as they struggled to clear their lines.
It’s not the first game this season where Daggers couldn’t get out off their own half, with the final quarter of the game at Newport County one particular example.
But Culverhouse defended the decision to not have an outball as they looked to relieve pressure, noting that having everyone back defending should make the team more organised and harder to break down.
“It’s about trying to get up as a team and controlling play from there,” said Culverhouse.
“(Manager) John Still is strong on making sure we have bodies behind the ball and that the opposition can’t cut through us. We’re looking for the magic formula, we look at things and analyse them and see where we can go from here.”
Despite seeing Daggers make it 24 points dropped from winning positions this season, the 129 travelling fans at Field Mill cheered their team off at the full time whistle.
Culverhouse was quick to praise the support and has urged them to continue getting behind the team, noting the positive impact it can have on the team.
“The fans are superb and I take my hat off to them, the way they’re staying with the team and urging them is brilliant,” he added.
“The players are trying to give everything they can for them. It’s going to change, we’re positive – just stay with us, we’ll get there.”