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Hackett hails gritty Cambridge display

11:30 28 January 2015

Dagenham & Redbridge

Dagenham & Redbridge's Ayo Obileye blocks Cambridge United's Cameron McGeehan's shot (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Daggers able to achieve something Manchester United couldn’t by scoring against the U’s

Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated by Andre Boucaud after scoring the equaliser against Cambridge United (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated by Andre Boucaud after scoring the equaliser against Cambridge United (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Warren Hackett was pleased with Dagenham & Redbridge’s battling qualities as they earned a hard fought draw against Cambridge United at Abbey Stadium.

Cameron McGeehan put the U’s ahead, days after they had held Premier League giants Manchester United to a goalless draw in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Harrison Dunk of Cambridge United and Billy Bingham of Dagenham and Redbridge battle for the ball (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Harrison Dunk of Cambridge United and Billy Bingham of Dagenham and Redbridge battle for the ball (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

But Ashley Hemmings equalised just past the hour mark with a deft header from Andre Boucaud’s perfect free kick and that was how it finished.

The point was enough to take Daggers out of the relegation places and Hackett was happy with the encouraging display.

He said: “It is a tough place to come and most teams have come here and not got results.

“Manchester United came here and couldn’t break them down on Friday night and I believe it was a real gritty performance from us against a big, strong and well organised team.

“Their fans and obviously everyone at the football club is on a high at the moment and they have got lots going for them.

“They were always going to come and attack us and put us on the back foot and they did that.

“They are very good from set pieces and they capitalised on that in the first half. But on the counter we still did stretch them a little bit.

“We had a couple of opportunities in the first half as well and ultimately it paid off in the end because we managed to get our goal.”

Hackett was frustrated to concede from a set piece, but paid credit to Cambridge for showing no signs of fatigue following their clash with Manchester United on Friday.

He felt Daggers also displayed their quality in the second half and was happy they provided more of an attacking threat than in recent weeks.

“I am always disappointed conceding from any restart and we have got to be better from them,” admitted Hackett.

“We have been working on defending set pieces and of late we haven’t conceded too many from them.

“But we knew we would come up against it. We actually did some work on their set pieces and it was a little bit disappointing for someone to run off their marker and score against us.

“Fair play to Cambridge because they did seem a little jaded in the last 20 minutes and we sensed we could possibly get something and we have quite a few shots on target.

“However, they did keep going and kept throwing the kitchen sink at us and they weren’t lying down for anybody.”

In the end 1-1 was a fair result for both teams and plenty of encouragement could be taken from the point, which was enough to move Daggers out of the bottom two.

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