Still: Daggers could have had more at Exeter
10:30 03 January 2016
©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468
New Dagenham & Redbridge manager pleased to win first game back, but believes it should have been by a greater margin
Goals win football matches and Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still was more than happy to discuss all three that were scored in the east Londoners’ 2-1 win at Exeter City.
Daggers went ahead in the 11th minute when Joss Labadie scored for the second game running, heading home Ashley Hemmings’ corner, but the Grecians also scored from a set piece through Tom Nichols two minutes before the break.
The visitors secured consecutive league wins for the first time this season when Ashley Chambers scored his second header in as many matches sixteen minutes from time, a goal which Still thought was well worked.
But the new Dagenham boss believes the two goals from corners in the first half both could have been dealt with better by the respective sides.
“I thought both of the goals in the first half were strange goals, but not every goal is the perfect goal. If you want that, we got it with the second,” said Still.
“It was a terrific cross and a good header. Late in the game, Exeter were throwing people forward and we perhaps had opportunities to score another goal.”
Away from the goalscorers, two players to catch the new boss’ eye as St James Park were Hemmings and Christian Doidge.
Hemmings has adapted to a wing back role in Daggers’ previous two games while Doidge looks to have struck up a good partnership with Chambers up top.
And Still was full of praise for the duo come the full time whistle in Devon.
“ I know all of our players, but I don’t know them inside out as I only know them from playing against them,” said Still.
“Ashley Hemmings did a job for us, his quality in the attacking third was good. He also got back defensively with one or two blocks and one or two headers. I’m really pleased, but that’s the work ethic we have to have.
“I have to have a special word for Christian. I didn’t know much about him, but his work rate, effort and attitude has rubbed off on people. I was really proud of him at Exeter.”