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Widdowson: Dagenham & Redbridge had chances to beat Carlisle

17:05 09 March 2016

Joe Widdowson of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Joe Widdowson of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers defender happy to earn point against Cumbrians, but knows it could have been more

Joe Widdowson admits there were mixed emotions for Dagenham & Redbridge after their goalless draw at home to Carlisle United in League Two.

On paper, it looks like bottom-club Daggers may have earned a credible point against a Cumbrians side that are just three points shy of the play-offs.

But the hosts had chances to grab a win which would have lifted them off the bottom of the standings, with Christian Doidge and Josh Passley both denied by Mark Gillespie while the Welshman also hit the bar with a header.

And while Widdowson says it was a good display to hold a top-half team to a stalemate, he knows Daggers could easily have been celebrating a second straight win.

“We had some pretty good chances, especially in the second half. We had two or three where you’re looking to put them away. On reflection, I guess it is a little disappointing,” said the defender.

“But Carlisle are a good side, they were a good attacking threat and are looking for promotion, so we have to take the positives from it.”

Widdowson has been part of a back four that has kept a clean sheet in each of the last three games and has not been beaten in over five hours of football.

Liam O’Brien had a comfortable day to remain unbeaten against York City on Saturday, but he was tested by Carlisle and in particular Charlie Wyke, twice denying the striker in the space of a minute at the end of the first half.

Widdowson praised the keeper for his efforts over the past week to not concede a goal, but also believes the whole squad are chipping in with the defensive duties.

“Credit to Liam, he’s made some brilliant saves in the last couple of games,” added Widdowson. “It’s not just about the back four, it’s about the whole team and the work rate and ethic is down to that clean sheet run. We’ve looked a bit more resilient, which is good.”

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