Sutton United deserved to beat Dagenham & Redbridge says boss Doswell

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 January 2018

Sutton United manager Paul Doswell (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).

Sutton United manager Paul Doswell (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).

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Sutton United manager Paul Doswell believed his side deserved the three points after they beat Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1.

Tommy Wright and Tom Bolarinwa both netted in the early stages of the second half to help guide their side to victory despite a late fightback from Daggers in the dying stages at Gander Green Lane.

“We deserved the win, thoroughly deserved it, but in the last ten minutes we could have easily drawn it as well,” Doswell said.

“I said to the players beforehand to make sure we win our home games, I think that’s really important in this league.”

Doswell also revealed his team have been using one of Dagenham manager John Still’s quotes to inspire them in recent weeks.

“We felt it was a really big game and John Still made the point a couple of weeks ago that good sides only get going in January onwards and we want to take on that message ourselves,” he said.

“We knew if we’d lost they would have been a point or two behind us, but with the win it gets us five or six points away from them.”

The Sutton boss also dismissed claims Daggers should have been awarded a penalty when Morgan Ferrier and Craig Eastmond clashed inside the box late on.

“I don’t think so, he’s stayed on his feet and fair play to Morgan, but also his foot has gone into Craig Eastmond’s foot as well,” Doswell said.

“I think John will be fair, I think he’ll point to the fact that we hit the woodwork four or five times in the game. We’ve had two cleared off the line as well.”

Doswell also praised young striker Wright who scored his 11th goal of the National League campaign in front of the live BT Sport cameras.

“He has improved hugely in the two years that he has been with us. He started off in local football in Hampshire, which is where I come from,” added Doswlel.

“He was recommended by Stuart Munroe, who is one of the guys I work with, so credit to Stuart.

“We sent him on loan to Salisbury and he got 52 goals last year and he came in at pre-season, scored at hat-trick against Norwich, and he hasn’t looked back.”

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