Hackett ecstatic after Dagenham & Redbridge end winless run
10:30 02 September 2015
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Daggers assitant overjoyed to progress to next round of Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with first success of campaign
Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Warren Hackett was thrilled the team secured their first win of the season with a 2-0 win at Cambridge United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
The Victoria Road club had not won a competitive match since the 4-0 thrashing of Accrington Stanley in April, a run of seven games in all competitions.
After starting this season with four straight losses, results and performances have picked up in recent weeks as Daggers looked close to grabbing that vital first triumph.
It finally came at Abbey Stadium when Ashley Hemmings scored another thunderbolt and Matt McClure deflected in Kane Ferdinand’s powerful shot in the first half.
The east Londoners had more chances after the break and in truth the margin of victory should have been greater but Hackett was simply delighted to finally end the match on a winning bench again.
“It’s been coming. I know it’s not a league game but every game counts and certainly the win counts,” said Dagenham’s number two.
“I thought at Wycombe we deserved to win and again against Stevenage, we dominated for long periods. We managed to get a win tonight so we’re really pleased.”
Hemmings struck for the second straight game, having also netted magnificently from distance in Saturday’s game at home to Stevenage.
In the absence of Andre Boucaud, who is currently away with Trinidad & Tobago on international duty, the winger was also handed the armband for the cup tie.
The role worked wonders from Hemmings seemed in the thick of the action and could easily have walked away with the match ball had he been more clinical in front of goal.
Hackett, though, was not overly concerned with the attacker’s finishing, instead prasining his leadership qualities.
“Ashley had a big smile on his face today because he captained the team. He certainly led the team forward and had lots of opportunities,” added Hackett.
“He took the first one very well and I’m sure he’s very disappointed he didn’t get a hat trick. He’s predominantly left footed and likes the outside of his left.
“He normally scores, like he did at Tranmere last year, but he was unfortunate. He put himself in the right position but just didn’t manage to finish it off.”
Daggers’ second happened in slightly fortuitous circumstances when Ferdinand fired hard into a crowded penalty area with the ball nicking off of McClure and into the net.
The strike could well find itself in front of the dubious goals panel to determine the scorer, but Hackett was in no doubt as to who he thought had netted.
“I thought Kane took the shot and it took a deflection on its way in. If it deflected off Matt then it’s his goal.”