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Hackett pleased with Roots Hall point

PUBLISHED: 13:05 30 December 2014

Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham & Redbridge and John White of Southend United (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham & Redbridge and John White of Southend United (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Clean sheet a positive for Daggers as they end year with 0-0 draw against Southend

Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge applauds the fans after the goalless draw at Southend (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge applauds the fans after the goalless draw at Southend (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Daggers’ assistant manager Warren Hackett admitted he was very disappointed John White’s own goal was ruled out against Southend United, but pleased they picked up a point at Roots Hall.

Wayne Burnett’s team came into the match off the back of a three-match losing streak, but battled gamely against the Seasiders to earn a point.

Referee Gavin Ward shows a red card to Cian Bolger of Southend against Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Referee Gavin Ward shows a red card to Cian Bolger of Southend against Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Mark Cousins was in sparkling form for the visitors, but it was the disallowed goal early in the game that become the main talking point.

Blues captain White passed back to home keeper Daniel Bentley in the 10th minute, but overhit the pass and put the ball into his own net.

However, it was adjudged to be offside after Ashley Hemming’s pressured the Southend skipper.

But Hackett said: “We are very disappointed with the first offside goal, we went and had a look at the video footage and it was a goal - simple as.

“Ashley was not offside and they’ve put it in their own goal - there was nothing wrong with it.

“The one that went in during the second half through Joss Labadie was offside, we admit that. But the one in the first half may have been the difference.”

On the match, he added: “It was a typical derby game, a bit ferocious and lots of tackles flying around.

“Southend came at us with a good tempo certainly at the start of the second half and we had to ride our luck a little bit, but we had to be a bit more resilient than we have been previously and we were.”

Cousins ensured the hosts pressure after the break didn’t bring about a goal and Hackett admitted they did discuss not conceding early in the second half.

In recent defeats to Plymouth Argyle and Stevenage, they have conceded five minutes into the second period, but Cousins made numerous saves to ensure it finished 0-0.

Hackett added: “Mark Cousins was the man in form. The previous two games we have conceded within the first five-10 minutes of the second half.

“The first challenge was to make sure we don’t concede in that period and we did that.

“We certainly did ride our luck because Mark pulled off some fantastic saves, but that is what he is there for.”

Cian Bolger received a red card 20 minutes from time for Southend, and Hackett was slightly discouraged that Daggers couldn’t make the most of their numerical advantage.

He was pleased to keep a clean sheet, though, adding: “It was disappointing not to have more shots on goal.

“When they went down to 10 men I would have liked us to be a little bit more on the front foot, but after previous results confidence is relatively low in the group.

“I think we worked very hard and deserved to keep a clean sheet and were maybe a bit unfortunate not to get a little bit of luck and score a goal.”

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