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Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still says penalty for Barrow changed the game

PUBLISHED: 11:30 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:07 20 March 2017

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers led before Bluebirds were awarded a dubious spot kick and later went on to win

Shaun Beeley of Barrow and Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Shaun Beeley of Barrow and Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still believes Barrow were fortunate to be awarded a penalty after watching the Essex club lose 2-1 in the National League.

The Victoria Road outfit took the lead in fortuitous circumstances when a Corey Whitely corner from the left went all the way into the net in the 11th minute.

However, with six minutes remaining in the half, the Bluebirds were awarded a penalty when Liam Hughes went down under pressure from Craig Robson.

Hughes dusted himself down to convert the spot kick, before Moussa Diarra scored the winner for Barrow in the 57th minute

After the match, Still admitted the game was a tight affair, but felt the penalty award for the hosts in the first half was a game changer.

“It was a hard fought game. Both teams were going for it; two strong teams and a very even game,” he told The Non-League Paper.

“There was nothing in it, but the penalty was a bit disappointing, it didn’t seem like much.

“The game was changed by the penalty, but that’s football and so we have to take it.”

“The reaction from my players was that it should never have been given, but that’s football.”

In the closing moments, Daggers pushed on in search of an equaliser and handed new signing Elliott Romain a debut.

With time running out, Romain almost saw a header from a corner turned in by a Barrow defender, only for home keeper Jon Flatt to claw it back off the line.

Some Daggers players tried to claim the ball had crossed the line, but Still says even though his team where unable to claim a point, he was content with the display.

“Near the end my players were a bit undecided whether our effort had gone over the line or not,” he added.

“It is all down to close calls and fine margins, so I am happy with our performance.”

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