We matched Plymouth in first half, says Yusuff
11:40 22 December 2014
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Daggers forward felt they conceded at the worst possible times against the Pilgrims
Ade Yusuff admitted the timing of Plymouth Argyle’s goals on Saturday killed any hope Dagenham & Redbridge had of achieving a positive result at Home Park.
Reuben Reid scored four minutes before the break, and Bobby Reid added a second in the 50th minute to virtue confirm the points would go to the home team.
Reuben Reid converted a spot-kick in 77th minute to conclude the scoring and hand Wayne Burnett’s side a loss.
But Yusuff said: “I thought in the first half we did ok, there was not really anything in it and the goal just before half time killed us.
“If that is still 0-0 at half time there is a different complexion on the game.
“And then it goes 2-0 at the most crucial stage of the second half, early on, and it killed us.”
The young forward admitted the second Plymouth goal forced Daggers to attack even more and that opened the game up and allowed the Pilgrims to pick them off on the counter attack.
Although he felt it wasn’t the greatest performance, he didn’t think they were under much pressure during the first 45.
He added: “They were the worst times for us to concede because we didn’t look under threat in the first half.
“But the second half was probably a bit more open and they had chances to score.
“We are chasing the game when they go two goals up. It wasn’t the greatest of performances, but we all stick together.”
Daggers will look to bounce back on Boxing Day when they welcome Stevenage, Yusuff’s former club, to Victoria Road for a 2pm kick-off.