Currie: Poor second half performance cost us against Stevenage
18:30 26 December 2014
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Jamie Cureton was rested for this afternoon’s match, whilst Ade Yusuff unwell
Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie conceded a poor start to the second half cost them at home to Stevenage this afternoon.
Two second half goals consigned the Victoria Road club to a 13th loss of the season to see them drop perilously close to the bottom two.
Charlie Lee and Chris Whelpdale gave Boro all three points and Currie wasn’t pleased with the performance after the break.
He said: “I thought we was ok in the first half and were probably the better side. If we had a little more quality around the final third it could have seen us potentially get the first goal and then the game would have possibly been very different.
“We didn’t start the second half particularly well and we allowed them to get three corner kicks in the first three or four minutes and it gives them momentum.
“They get the goal and we find it difficult. It is poor to concede a goal like that from our point of view.”
Daggers made a double substitution seconds before Whelpdale struck in the 73rd minute with Rhys Murphy and Patrick Agyemang replaced.
Ashley Hemmings and Alex Jakubiak came on and Currie conceded the timing of the second goal didn’t help that tactical decision.
He also revealed exactly why Ade Yusuff and Jamie Cureton were absent from the match day squad, a surprise to many when revealed before kick-off.
“We tried to freshen it up a little bit and change our tactics and sometimes it can prove the right decision,” added Currie.
“At other times you can get nothing. It just so happens as we make the change it is poor play from us on the far side with the throw in and we find ourselves two nil down within seconds of making the change.
“Ade has been poorly of late over the Christmas period so that was more down to an illness as to why he wasn’t included.
“Cureton is a case of managing a man of his age with two games in a short space of time. A decision was made that we would rest him in today’s game.
“After getting beat you do say you would miss certain players. But if we get the right result it reflects different on the decision that has been made.
“But it was made due to the fact we have two games in three days. By losing the game you can say the decisions haven’t worked and I would understand that.”