Hemmings deflated as Daggers’ home struggles continue
13:30 19 January 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge winger sad to lose after battling display against Northampton, but praises new manager and new signings
Ashley Hemmings was devastated Dagenham & Redbridge failed to end their winless run at home after another good showing against a team at the top of League Two.
Having already pushed Oxford United and Plymouth Argyle hard at Victoria Road, but for little reward, Daggers piled the pressure on Northampton Town in the opening half on Saturday.
While they missed a hatful of chances to score before the break, the hosts did take the lead in the 62nd minute through Christian Doidge, who scored his first ever home goal for Dagenham.
But the Cobblers hit back through John-Joe O’Toole and Ricky Holmes to snatch victory and Hemmings believes Daggers turned in a display that warranted more than a 16th straight home game without a win.
“It was a good performance from the lads and we fought until the end, but it is disappointing being 1-0 up and Northampton coming from behind to win,” he said.
“We would have loved to have won because we would have moved further away from the drop. We’ll take it in and go again next week.”
The match was also John Still’s first home match in charge of Daggers since returning for a third stint as manager.
After two league wins in a row with help from Still, hopes were high that the east Londoners would finally break their duck at home, but it sadly didn’t prove the case.
However, the showing was another step in the right direction and Hemmings praised the impact of his new manager.
“John has come in, told us what he wants to do and everyone has got on with it,” added Hemmings. “We have to keep doing what he wants us to do, get the wins in and move away from the relegation zone. If we do that, then we can start to look to next season.”
It’s not just a new man at the helm that Hemmings has been getting used to in recent weeks, with Still also working hard to make additions to his squad.
Ollie Muldoon, Joe Worrall and Harry Hickford have all joined on loan while Daggers signed Oliver Hawkins from National League South side Hemel Hempstead Town on a permanent deal.
And Hemmings says the new boys will only help to improve Dagenham’s chances of avoiding a return to non-league football.
“They’re settling in well and everyone who comes in, we welcome. They’ll strengthen us because the boys on loan have come from bigger teams.
“Hopefully they keep doing what they’ve been doing. They came in to do a job and they’ve done that. We have to help them as much as possible and they can do the same with us.”