Labadie: Game management let us down
17:00 24 December 2014
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Midfielder discusses weekend defeat to Plymouth
Joss Labadie felt Dagenham & Redbridge’s game management let them down against Plymouth Argyle, as they suffered a 12th league loss of the campaign.
Reuben Reid scored in each half at Home Park, either side of Bobby Reid’s tap-in, to give the Pilgrims a comfortable 3-0 victory.
The timing of the opener was key, though, as Reuben Reid converted Lewis Alessandra’s cross from the left four minutes before half time.
It meant all of Daggers hard work in the first half counted for nothing, and they then conceded the second five minutes after the break to face an uphill battle.
Reuben Reid was played through one-on-one and unselfishly squared for namesake Bobby Reid to fire into the empty net and give Mark Cousins no chance.
“I thought we were comfy in the first half and we were equal, if not the better team,” said Labadie.
“We had some chances to go in front in the first half, but we have left ourselves open and conceded a goal at not a very good time.
“Game management needs to be taken into consideration and we didn’t have very good game management against Plymouth.
“The players on the pitch should know to see the half out when we have got four minutes to go against a team that is doing really well in the league table.
“I was thinking we were matching them and we were the better team in the first half. We should have done better.”
Bobby Reid’s strike gave Daggers a touch task at the start of the second period.
Labadie conceded Wayne Burnett’s side needed to change things, but couldn’t pass judgement on whether Ayo Obileye’s challenge on Alessandra deserved to give Plymouth a penalty.
“Unfortunately we have done the same thing in the second half and conceded at the worst time again,” he added.
“You then start to think the game has maybe gone and things just didn’t happen and it was one of them days I suppose.
“At 1-0 down, we’re professionals, you think we can still get a point and there are points to play for in the match.
“But they have come again and we have done exactly the same thing and it is harsh, but that is football I suppose.
“I didn’t see the penalty because I was on the bench at that time and there was people in front of me.
“The gaffer was saying he disagreed with it, but it was one of them days. It was not a good one.”