Dagenham & Redbridge: Darren Currie admits Daggers did not play to standards expected of them against Boreham Wood
PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 January 2018
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Daggers lost 3-2 at home to Wood on Tuesday night
Assistant manager Darren Currie admits Dagenham & Redbridge were below par in their 3-2 loss at home to Boreham Wood in the National League.
Daggers suffered a first defeat of 2018 after going down to Wood, who opened the scoring in the 12th minute through Bruno Andrade.
The former Queens Park Rangers midfielder then added a second from the spot just three minutes into the second half.
Though Michael Cheek pulled one back for the Essex club in the 55th minute, Luke Garrard’s men added a third through Angelo Balanta four minutes later.
Substitute Dan Sparkes scored in third goal in the last two games in stoppage time for the Victoria Road outfit, but it proved too little, too late.
Daggers may well have snatched a point had Kevin Lokko headed in a corner deep into stoppage time, but Currie feels that a draw may have papered over the cracks of a poor display.
“We had a chance right at the end with Kevin which had it gone in, you look at a draw that on chances might have been relatively even, but our performance was below the standards we’ve set recently,” he said.
Less than a minute before Andrade scored his first of the night for Wood, Daggers had a glorious chance to open the scoring.
Luke Howell expertly played Morgan Ferrier in behind the visitors’ defence, but the striker produced a tame shot that keeper Grant Smith easily saved.
Had Ferrier found the net against his former club, it would have capped a fine opening for the hosts and Currie was pleased with how Daggers began the game, despite the final score.
“We had started alright and looked like the team who were going to get the first goal,” he added.
“We started OK, but I’ll have to look back at their first goal. It looked like play we could have dealt with.
Daggers also conceded early in the second half after Andrade converted from 12 yards.
Wood were awarded a spot kick after Matt Robinson was adjudged to have fouled Kieran Murtagh in the box, but Currie was not so sure about the decision.
“I didn’t see too many reacting like it was a penalty and Matty is insistent that he got a touch on the ball,” he said.
“The referee has given it and we’ve given ourselves a mountain to climb.
After Cheek cut the deficit in half, Daggers conceded a third when Balanta scored in farcical fashion.
The comedy of errors began with Andre Boucaud gifting away possession in midfield, allowing the visitors to break.
After a cross from the left by Andrade, Jake Howells’ attempted clearance smacked team mate Kevin Lokko in the face.
The ball rebounded kindly into the path of Balanta, who rifled home from close range, and Currie was left to rue Daggers’ misfortune at the back.
“With the goal at 2-1, we’re back in the game, but it’s very unlike Andre to give the ball away,” he said.
“He misplaced a switch, we tried to clear our lines, it’s ricocheted off one of our players and it’s sat up nicely for their man to score.”