Still has no complaints over Passley red for Daggers
10:30 10 February 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge boss says sendings off were justified in Wycombe defeat, but was pleased with cameo from Hawkins
John Still said Dagenham & Redbridge could have no complaints for ending their 2-1 defeat at home to Wycombe Wanderers a man light atfer Josh Passley was dismissed during the first half.
Passley saw red after hauling down Garry Thompson as the last man in the 31st minute, though replays show Joe Worrall may have been covering to block the Chairboy.
And Daggers found themselves a goal down on the stroke of half time too when Paul Hayes netted from close range to send the visitors into the break with a 1-0 lead.
There was parity in terms of the number of players when Thompson saw red for a nasty foul Dagenham skipper Joss Labadie in the 60th minute and it was level on the scoreline too 12 minutes later when Luke Guttridge scored his first goal for the club.
But there was to be more late heartbreak for the hosts as Paris Cowan-Hall’s 75th-minute header made sure Daggers’ wait for a first home win this season continued.
Daggers had been growing into the game until Passley’s first half dismissal and Still admits he can have no complaints over that decision, he did add he thought referee Keith Stroud missed a penalty in the second half.
“Once he gave the free kick, I think Josh had to go. When we watched it on the DVD, the Wycombe player went down easily, but that’s football,” said Still.
“We’ll look at it and decide if we will appeal. The Wycombe dismissal is a sending off. We’ve looked and also seen a handball in the box, but the referee hasn’t given it.”
With the hosts a goal down at half time, Still went brave with his tactics as he introduced striker Oliver Hawkins and midfielder Frankie Raymond, swithching to a 4-3-2 formation the process.
It gave Hawkins his longest stint in a Daggers shirt since joining last month, playing the whole of the second half and posing a different threat to the Wycombe back four.
While he was unable to crown his appearance with a goal, Hawkins twice tested Ryan Allsop in the Chairboys goal and Still believes more is to come from the 23-year-old.
“We’ve been looking for the opportunity to play Oliver. He’s not quite ready yet, but I think people have seen that he’s a handful,” added Still.
“He’s just got to learn the game a bit more, I don’t want to rush him into it. We have a lot of belief in him and we thought we’d have a little gamble going with two up front and trying to get our full backs a little bit higher.
“We wanted to suck their full backs in as well so we had spaces to run into. Gradually we picked it up, but what pleased me about it was that we never lost a knock down. We kept attacking and attacking.
“Wycombe’s away record is one of the best in the league and I think we pushed them as far as they’ve been pushed all season.”