Still deflated after Dagenham & Redbridge concede late goal
18:12 19 March 2016
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Daggers boss gutted not to get something out of game with Accrington
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still was disappointed another good chance to beat a League Two promotion contender went begging as Accrington Stanley won 1-0 at Victoria Road.
The hosts had the best of the chances in the first half when Matty Cash sped into the box in the 36th minute to tee up Jamie Cureton, only for the veteran striker to blaze over from seven yards.
It was a lot close after the interval as both sides seemed to be settling for a point before disaster struck for Daggers seven minutes from time.
Sean McConville teed up Billy Kee, who tapped home at the second attempt after his initial effort was blocked by Dom Hyam, to hand the visitors all three points.
And Still was left to rue what might have been had Cureton struck in the first half.
“I feel disappointed because the boys competed against a side going for the play-offs all over the pitch,” he said.
“At the end of the day, it’s always about both boxes and we should have been up at half time.
“They scored from their only chance in the second half and we’re chasing it a bit.”
It could have been a different result for Daggers had Cureton struck and the team may not be 10 points from safety, as they currently are after Stevenage drew with Northampton Town.
And Still knows that had Daggers taken the lead into half time, they probably would have gone on to win such was their control of the opening 45 minutes.
“Confidence isn’t high, but we competed brilliantly and if we had led 1-0 at half time, it could have been different.
“We got behind them well in the first half, but they sat a bit deeper second half and it was a bit difficult to get behind them.”