Daggers switched off, says Hackett
11:30 23 February 2015
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Assistant manager reflects on 3-1 loss at Victoria Road
Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Warren Hackett felt a lack of concentration was the reason behind their loss to Burton Albion at the weekend, after taking the lead with just 23 minutes to go.
Alex Jakubiak did brilliantly to put the hosts ahead at Victoria Road when he fired home from a tight angle after winning the ball back.
But Adam McGurk and Brewers substitute Abdenasser El Khayati scored twice in the space of four minutes to give Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s team the initiative.
And Damian McCrory added a third, against his former club, late on after cutting inside Abu Ogogo and lashing into the top corner.
Hackett said: “I think it was a very, very scrappy game. There wasn’t much in it in the first half and there wasn’t much football played. It was two relatively organised defences cutting out the forwards and stopping them from getting an opportunity.
“Second half I wouldn’t say we started great. We started okay and managed to score the goal and maybe a little bit fortunate to do so, but we still scored.
“But after that, when we have got something to protect, I actually thought we gave them three goals.”
Hackett admitted Daggers switched off after Jakubiak had put them ahead midway through the second period at Victoria Road.
He was frustrated with their lack of focus, especially after looking so assured defensively over the past two months.
“In weeks previous we have been very organised defensively and that is not just the back four, that is the whole team,” Hackett added.
“After going one up against a team at the top of the league you need to be 100 per cent concentrated and beware of all their threats.
“But we switched off for one moment and they scored and then we actually switched off again for two other opportunities, which is why they scored three goals.”
Daggers had kept the same starting team against Burton, the fourth consecutive match they had picked the same 11.
And Hackett believes, despite this defeat, those players have earned the right to keep their place and was reluctant to reveal if changes would be made to the team for next weekend against Mansfield Town.
He added: “People that are out there have earned their right to get the shirt. We are human beings, everyone deserves the right, but I am sure the manager will decide what is right to do.
“It is important to start another run. The run doesn’t come by accident. The boys have worked very hard over previous weeks to get themselves into the position they are in and we need to dust ourselves off and get back to winning ways.”