Still laments Daggers’ struggles from restarts
10:30 17 January 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still was disappointed with his team’s defending for the first Northampton Town goal as the hosts lost 2-1 at Victoria Road.
Still’s return to the home dugout at Daggers had started well with the League Two battlers performing brilliantly in the first half and had the ball in the net in the 35th minute, only for Ashley Chambers’ header to be ruled out for offside.
Dagenham did take the lead in the 62nd minute when Christian Doidge bundled in Josh Passley’s pass from the right seconds after the Welshman headed the ball across the face of goal.
Cobblers hit back seven minutes later when John-Joe O’Toole turned a poorly-defended corner in at the back post and the visitors scored the winner 10 minutes later after another corner was cleared only as far as Ricky Holmes who volleyed the ball into the top right corner.
Still conceded after the game there was nothing they could do once Holmes had hit the ball, but it was the marking for the first Northampton goal that left him fuming.
“Sometimes it’s down to individuals and it only takes one person not to do their job for the opposition to score,” said Still.
“When we show the goals back, if I told one or two of them they wouldn’t believe until they saw it. We’ll show it to them because it’s important they see the ways to mark.
“There’s a right way and a wrong way and it was such a wrong way of marking that caused a goal. We’ll have to go back to work and rectify that.”
Still was not the only person to be making a home debut, with loanees Joe Worrall and Ollie Muldoon making their first appearances at Victoria Road after impressing at Everton last week.
There was also a debut for striker Oliver Hawkins after joining from National League South side Hemel Hempstead Town on Friday, for whom he scored eight goals this season.
And the Daggers boss was pleased with the displays from his recent additions and, like everyone, will be hoping they can continue to do well in the coming weeks.
“I think Joe and Ollie have settled in very quickly, so I’m delighted with those two. The big man (Hawkins) came on and he showed he’s a handful. He’s got a good touch in the air and decent pace. Having said that, Christian did really well. He took his goal well and worked hard.