Daggers coach Currie counts cost

19:57 13 September 2014

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Cambridge United's Ryan Donaldson scores with a free-kick against Daggers (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Poor second half spell proves decisive

Ryan Donaldson of Cambridge United celebrates scoring their opening goal against Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Ryan Donaldson of Cambridge United celebrates scoring their opening goal against Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dagenham & Redbridge coach Darren Currie was disappointed following their 3-2 defeat to Cambridge United at Victoria Road after seeing the hosts lose a first-half lead.

Luke Howell rewarded the Daggers for their first-half dominance by putting them ahead at the break, but three second-half goals then put the U’s in control.

George Porter halved the deficit late on, but it wasn’t enough and Currie was extremely frustrated that the players failed to follow the warning the coaching staff had given them during the interval.

“We are all disappointed, I am bitterly disappointed because I thought, certainly at half time, we were very comfortable,” said Currie.

Ryan Bird challenges Liam O'Brien of Dagenham & Redbridge for the third Cambridge goal (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Ryan Bird challenges Liam O'Brien of Dagenham & Redbridge for the third Cambridge goal (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

“We played some nice football, some patient football in the first half and Cambridge weren’t prepared to press us.

“Second half we anticipated Cambridge pressing us a little bit more after sitting off us a bit first half and there were no surprises.

“Everyone agreed at half time, the players were fully aware that 10-15 minutes at the start of the second half, the tactics were to play forward, play in behind and keep them in their half and keep them quiet and we didn’t do that.

“We allowed Cambridge to build up momentum and they got the first goal, the crowd got behind them and the momentum built and we just had a really, really poor 10-15 minutes and it has cost us dearly.”

Goalkeeper Liam O’Brien was arguably at fault for the final two goals and even for the opener he appeared to blind himself by standing behind the wall and that allowed him less time to react to Ryan Donaldson’s excellent free-kick.

Currie admitted the life of a goalkeeper means they are often punished for their mistakes.

He added: “I don’t play in goal, but if I was to play in goal and try and defend a free-kick I would want to stand away from the wall.

“But in all fairness to Liam he has been improving and he has been getting used to being a number one, but individual errors have proven to be very, very costly.

“Goalkeepers can be matchwinners and they can be match losers unfortunately and you make a mistake as goalie and nine times out of ten it can go in the goal, so that comes with the terrority.”


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