Jakubiak at a loss after first start joy

10:00 23 January 2015

Alex Jakubiak of Dagenham & Redbridge holds off Northampton matchwinner Ricky Holmes (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Alex Jakubiak of Dagenham & Redbridge holds off Northampton matchwinner Ricky Holmes (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Watford loanee admitted he didn’t make most of his opportunity last weekend

Alex Jakubiak made his first Dagenham & Redbridge start at Sixfields Stadium (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Alex Jakubiak made his first Dagenham & Redbridge start at Sixfields Stadium (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Alex Jakubiak was pleased to get his first Dagenham & Redbridge start against Northampton, but disappointed he didn’t make the most of it in a 1-0 loss.

Ricky Holmes scored the only goal of the game at Sixfields Stadium in the 60th minute, but the Cobblers’ dominant display warranted more goals.

Daggers lacked an attacking threat throughout and Jakubiak admitted Northampton’s game plan forced them to do more defending than they would have liked.

“The first 10 minutes they were right at us and they had four or five corners,” he said.

“Even in the second half they came out flying again so they made it difficult for us.

“Their game plan was more effective than ours in terms of getting into our half and building from there and it showed in the end because they got the win.”

Rhys Murphy had Daggers’ only shot on target, when he worked space well in the 59th minute, but tamely side-footed at home keeper Matt Duke.

Wayne Burnett’s side were made to pay seconds later as Holmes tip-toed past Scott Doe and Damian Batt before beating Mark Cousins and finding the far corner.

Murphy had Daggers only other notable chance in the first half, but lobbed over the bar from long range with Duke in no-man’s land.

“It was more of a battle than a game,” added Jakubiak.

“It was hard for us to get the ball down and play the football we wanted to play.

“Playing on the break is not what we set out to do. But the way Northampton played forced us to play like that.

“We had a few half chances, but no real clear chances where we thought we would actually score. Being creative when we get those is important, but we wasn’t against Northampton.”

Burnett handed Jakubiak a first start against Cobblers since joining on loan from Watford at the end of November.

But the 18-year-old striker was disappointed not to make more of his opportunity, adding: “It was good for me to start. I thought I had been pushing after coming off the bench and working hard in training.

“But I don’t think I really took the opportunity or grasped it as I would have liked.”


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