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Currie admits injury to Cousins helped change course of the game

PUBLISHED: 11:31 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:31 04 March 2015

Michael Duckworth of Hartlepool United clashes with Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge which results in the goalkeeper being substituted (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Michael Duckworth of Hartlepool United clashes with Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge which results in the goalkeeper being substituted (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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A goal in each half helped Daggers secure a 2-0 victory against Harlepool

Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge is helped off the pitch after crashing into the post (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO). Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge is helped off the pitch after crashing into the post (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie conceded the break in play following an injury to Mark Cousins played a part in them going on to defeat Hartlepool United yesterday.

The Pools had dominated the opening 18 minutes at Victoria Road without troubling the score before Cousins suffered a nasty cut to his head following a corner.

Dagenham & Redbridge attackers Shamir Fenelon (right) and Jamie Cureton (left) celebrate as Scott Harrison of Hartlepool United holds is head in his hands after scoring an own goal to put Dagenham ahead (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO). Dagenham & Redbridge attackers Shamir Fenelon (right) and Jamie Cureton (left) celebrate as Scott Harrison of Hartlepool United holds is head in his hands after scoring an own goal to put Dagenham ahead (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

After a few minutes treatment he needed to be replaced by Liam O’Brien, but the stoppage in play allowed Wayne Burnett to get his players together and give them more instructions.

It worked to good effect as Ashley Hemmings created the opening goal seconds after the restart when Scott Harrison sliced past his own keeper in the 22nd minute.

Scott Harrison of Hartlepool United holds is head in his hands after scoring an own goal to put Dagenham & Redbridge ahead (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO). Scott Harrison of Hartlepool United holds is head in his hands after scoring an own goal to put Dagenham & Redbridge ahead (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

“Sometimes that break in play allows individuals to gather their thoughts and maybe one or two to have a chat with each other,” said Currie.

“Certainly it is an opportunity for us on the side to make a few things clear to the boys. That break in play, probably looking back, helped us slightly.

Billy Bingham of Dagenham and Redbridge is congratulated after scoring the second goal (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO). Billy Bingham of Dagenham and Redbridge is congratulated after scoring the second goal (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

“It allowed us to change what was happening and get ourselves on the front foot a little bit more.

“It was an unfortunately time in the game for Mark, but it was an opportunity for us to change what we were doing.”

Currie also praised Hemmings after his inviting cross forced the opener at Victoria Road and settled any building nerves.

Daggers assistant believes the 24-year-old, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, is performing with more consistency now.

“Credit goes to Ashley (for the first goal) because it was a fantastic ball,” Currie insisted.

“He is doing things more regularly now that are being asked of him and that is all the manager says ‘if you do what I put you on the pitch to do then you will stay in the team’ and credit to all of them.

“That is why the team isn’t changing much at the minute because they are doing what is asked of them.”

Billy Bingham’s exquisite free kick settled the contest in the 66th minute and Currie also praised his display.

He added: “It was a fantastic free kick and Bill has been brilliant. He is a great lad, a fantastic pro and an excellent player and he has got an excellent goal so I am really pleased for him.

“It was a very important win. The lads had been fully aware of the importance of the game off the back of two defeats and that just heightened the pressure.”

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