Daggers assistant pleased with creativity against Cheltenham
12:00 02 February 2015
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Jamie Cureton ended goal drought, but Rhys Murphy suffered injury in 3-1 success
Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie was pleased with the intent his team carried throughout against Cheltenham Town.
Ashley Hemmings starred in the two-goal win at Victoria Road scoring the second to earn Wayne Burnett’s side a crucial three points.
Jamie Cureton netted early in the second period – firing in the rebound after his spot-kick had been saved by Trevor Carson.
Jack Dunn equalised after Robins were awarded a dubious penalty of their own following Mark Cousins tackle on Dunn before Hemmings stunner.
And it was left to Alex Jakubiak to wrap up the scoring as he fired past Carson from close range in stoppage time.
Currie said: “We can be guilty at times of dropping too deep, but we certainly don’t ask them to do that.
“It was important to us that we didn’t drop against Cheltenham because then we are inviting pressure. We didn’t do that and we kept them pretty much away from our goal, which is a nice bonus for the back five and it made it more comfortable.
“Games in the past when we have been in front we have invited trouble, but we didn’t do that so it was pleasing.”
Currie was delighted for Cureton after he ended his seven-match streak without a goal.
The forward’s penalty was stopped, but he showed great alertness and composure to latch onto the rebound and fire home.
“Jamie deserves that goal and he has been frustrated because with him, if he is getting chances and missing them then he has got a right to be disappointed and we have a right to question him,” added Currie.
“But of late he hasn’t had that many opportunities and that isn’t down to him as an individual. That is down to the group not providing and creating for him, which we know we have lacked recently.
“We haven’t been as creative as we would hope for, but certainly the last two games (Cheltenham and Cambridge United) there must be double figures in terms of opportunities and that is what we ask of the boys.”
A sour note was Rhys Murphy leaving the pitch 10 minutes before half time after injuring his groin.
Currie conceded it was a worry, adding: “Rhys hobbled off and I don’t know without speaking to the physio, but he was complaining about his groin before the game.
“With the cold weather we have gone through the warm up and it hasn’t quite warmed up to the level that he wanted.
“In the game I think he went on a little run where he had a shot and maybe just tweaked it slight. I don’t think it is overly serious, but certainly he couldn’t continue.”
Although disappointed to lose Murphy, it allowed Jakubiak an extended opportunity and he grasped it with both hands.
The 18-year-old caused Cheltenham constant problems and ended the match with aplomb by scoring his second goal since joining on loan from Watford at the end of November.
His loan was set to end on Saturday, but it is believed Daggers will be looking to extend his deal.
“I thought Alex done ever so well when he came on and got himself into the little pockets that Rhys was getting in,” said Currie.
“Alex was getting in little pockets and turning and travelling at speed and when he opens his legs up no-one can live with him.
“But he has got the ability as well with his magic feet. He has got himself out of a tight situation and put the icing on the cake with the goal.”