Labadie apologises to Dagenham & Redbridge fans

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 April 2016

Dagenham & Redbridge skipper Joss Labadie gets to grips with Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Dagenham & Redbridge skipper Joss Labadie gets to grips with Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

Skippers says sorry on behalf of Daggers team to supporters after relegation

Dagenham & Redbridge keeper Mark Cousins denies Ollie Palmer with a great save (pic: Simon O'Connor).Dagenham & Redbridge keeper Mark Cousins denies Ollie Palmer with a great save (pic: Simon O'Connor).

After relegation was confirmed for Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday with a 3-2 defeat at Leyton Orient, Joss Labadie said he could only offer his apologies to the fans after a tough season.

There are still four games to go in the campaign, but Saturday’s results saw an unbridgeable gap of 13 points develop between bottom-club Daggers and Newport County in 22nd.

It means that, despite a few close shaves in the past, the east Londoners’ time in the Football League will come to an end in the summer, and Labadie revealed that morale in the dressing room was low after the weekend’s events.

“All the lads are a bit down and disappointed, it’s a shame that so much of the season has been one big disappointment,” said the captain. “I can only apologise to the fans and everyone associated with the club.”

Again, though, there was a fleeting bit of hope for Daggers when goals from Jamie Cureton and Clevid Dikamona drew them level midway through the second half after a brace from Jay Simpson in the opening 45 minutes looked to have put the hosts in control.

But Armand Gnanduillet scored the goal that ended any hopes of an unlikely win for the visitors and, coupled with a win for Stevenage, send Daggers crashing to relegation.

It also came a week after the Victoria Road side had led play-off hopefuls Portsmouth at half time, only to collapse in the second half when a victory would have sparked hope of a stunning survival.

And the former Torquay United midfielder believes the team’s inability to hold on to a promising scoreline has been an issue all season long.

“There have been a lot of moments when we’ve been in good positions in games and thrown it away. It’s such a shame and I don’t really know what to say,” he added.

The Daggers skipper is out of contract in the summer and after an impressive season in a struggling team, rumours will no doubt start in the coming weeks linking him to other sides.

And he has admitted that talks with the east Londoners are yet to begin on a new deal to remain with the club.

“It’s something that we’ll have to sit down and discuss. I haven’t spoken with anyone yet, but I’m sure we’ll know a bit more about everyone’s futures in the coming weeks.”

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