Daggers coach Currie: We let ourselves down against Northampton
17:32 27 April 2014
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Dagenham & Redbridge first-team coach Darren Currie believe they let themselves down once again as they slipped to a convincing 3-0 home defeat against Northampton Town.
The hosts never really got going as 18-year-old Cobblers youth product Ivan Toney and Ian Morris put the visitors on the front foot, before Toney added a second with a fine bicycle kick five minutes from half time to seal an important win for Chris Wilder’s relegation-threatened side.
All in all, it was another frustrating day at the office for the Daggers, and just like against Portsmouth a few weeks earlier, Currie felt they were second best throughout.
“It is disappointing, there’s no doubt about that,” said Currie. “We have been very happy with how we have performed this season, but on the odd four or five occasions we have really let ourselves down and unfortunately that was another one of them against Northampton.”
Safety, the ultimate target for a large chunk of the Daggers faithful, had been achieved a few games ago.
But since then the performances have dropped, especially at home, much to Currie’s disappointment.
“We work all week on certain things and it is up to the boys to take that into Saturday afternoon,” he added.
“And we haven’t done that in the last two or three home games if I am honest and there is a real air of disappointment, even though we are safe.
“In our eyes, you are still playing for your career and you have got an opportunity to play in football match, which you are fortunate to be in a position to do and it’s disappointing that we have let ourselves down as a group because we have enjoyed this season, we’ve done well over the course of the season.”
Daggers were particularly slow out of the blocks yesterday, with the Cobblers going 2-0 ahead inside 12 minutes.
They were coming up against a side fighting to stay in the Football League and Currie revealed they expected the visitors to start quickly, and that was clearly emphasised throughout the week on the training ground.
And though the hosts have used a few fringe players in recent weeks, and others who are coming towards the end of their contract, the coach expected better.
“We worked all week on a certain system and as you have seen in recent weeks we have been giving squad players and people who maybe haven’t had enough minutes a little bit more of an opportunity, but it is bitterly disappointing,” remarked Currie.
“We’ve said it 100 times this week about the expected quick start, and we thought we made the boys thoroughly prepared for what was coming our way. Even so, when you are out there you have got to take on board instructions and deal with what’s coming at you.”
Loan striker Luke Norris went down in agony as the game entered the closing stages after a challenge with Northampton midfielder Darren Carter.
The Brentford man left the field on a stretcher, but Currie felt the ankle injury wasn’t as bad as first feared.
“He’s all right,” said the first-team coach. “He just got a little bit scared, you know that first reaction when something like that happens, but he’s been in with the physio now and he’s on crutches and he’s back in with the boys. He’ll be fine.”