Still: We need ‘Daggers’ to beat drop
10:00 02 March 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge manager says squad must play for the badge to avoid relegation from League Two
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still says he is intent on building a squad that is willing to fight for the club following a battling 0-0 draw at Notts County.
Heading into the game on a run of five straight defeats, including a disappointing 1-0 reverse at home to fellow strugglers Yeovil Town on Saturday, Daggers showed all their resolve to earn a point at Meadow Lane.
Goalkeeper Liam O’Brien pulled off a phenomenal save in the first half to deny Magpies striker Jon Stead from a matter of yards, while the defensive pairing of Joe Worrall and Dom Hyam worked tirelessly throughout.
At the other end, the visitors had their chances too with Christian Doidge forcing a string of saves from Scott Loach while Matt Richards and Ashley Chambers both hit the bar in the closing minutes.
Still said after the game that it was the best display he had seen from one his teams this season, either at previous club Luton Town or Daggers, but expects to see more from the side in the coming weeks.
And he hopes to see more fight from his players too, believing they need to show that they fully undertsand what it means to play for Daggers in order to avoid a return to non-league football.
“I was away from the club for almost three years and when I came back, the only thing on my mind was to get the club back to where I believe it should be with hungry, ambitious players,” said Still.
“The two youngest players on the pitch in our centre backs, they’re proud to play for this club. This is no criticism of (former manager) Wayne Burnett who is a great friend of mine, but people that play here have got to be Daggers. That’s what I’m going to try to rebuild.”
Daggers were cheered on maginificently by 81 fans throughout at Meadow Lane, which was a hugely impressive following for a midweek match with the team cut adrift of the bottom of the Football League.
And Still was full of praise for them too and hopes Daggers can continue to reward them for their support with more positive results in the next few weeks.
“I’ve said this since I’ve played for the club, that these supporters are loyal, honest, hard working supporters. All they want to do is see their team have a go,” he added.