Depleted Dagenham & Redbridge impress Still
10:00 09 March 2016
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Daggers manager happy with Carlisle draw despite missing a number of players
Despite being down to the bare bones, Dagenham & Redbridge were able to earn a credible goalless draw against League Two play-off chasers Carlisle United, leaving boss John Still pleased with the team’s resolve.
The hosts made four changes, three of which were forced, after they grabbed their first home win of the season on Saturday as two more players joined the ever-growing injury list.
While skipper Joss Labadie was suspended, Matt Richards and Dom Hyam joined team mates Frankie Raymond, Luke Guttridge and Zavon Hines on the sidelines.
Daggers were so down on numbers that academy defender Jimmy Shepherd, who had been on loan at Ryman North outfit Barkingside, made his first appearance in a match day squad after being named on the bench.
But the east Londoners performed admirably despite missing a number of players and had chances to win, with Christian Doidge hitting the crossbar early in the second half.
And while Still knows his team easily could have come away with another vital win in their quest to avoid relegation, he was pleased that those who came into the side helped the hosts stretch their unbeaten run to three games.
“We had no Dom, no Joss, no Matt and two of those are experienced players, but we just got on with the job,” said Still.
“I was really pleased that having had to make as many changes as we did that we competed and gave ourselves the opportunity to win. That’s the important thing for me, to look back and say we gave ourselves a chance to win.
“What we can’t do as coaches and managers, we can’t score the goals and clear the balls from the box, but we can do the organisation.
“The organisation defensively, I’m so pleased with at the moment and how many balls we’re getting into the box, and it’s not just Christian, but we need more people to score goals.”
Among those who came into the side who impressed were Clevid Dikamona, who was named man of the match, and Andre Boucaud, who was started with the captain’s armband for the first time since October 24.
Still had special praise for the duo after the match, but knows it was also a good team performance given the circumstances for the hosts.
“Clevid did well against Carlisle, I’ll give him his due, but I’ve been pleased with our defence,” added Still. “We work so hard in training defensively, but that needs to continue. We also have to do a bit more work attack wise to score more goals.”
“I thought Andre did very well and I was really pleased for him. He’s not been in the team, but he’s been doing OK. He came back in and did a good job.”