Arber annoyed despite magnificent win

IT CAN be quite hard pleasing everyone all of the time. There can t have been too many who were disappointed with Dagenham & Redbridge s 3-1 crushing of Brentford on Tuesday night, apart from it seems, captain Mark Arber. When the central defender was ask

IT CAN be quite hard pleasing everyone all of the time.

There can't have been too many who were disappointed with Dagenham & Redbridge's 3-1 crushing of Brentford on Tuesday night, apart from it seems, captain Mark Arber, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.

When the central defender was asked about his opinions on what had been an amazing night, he admitted he had his frustrations over the late goal scored by Damian Spencer.

"This is going to sound a touch weird, but I'm a bit disappointed because we conceded," he stated.


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"It's probably because I'm defensively minded, but I think as a team we deserved a clean sheet tonight.

"As a defender you seek glory in clean sheets, as an attacker the glory is scoring goals and winning games.

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"It spoiled a wonderful night, but there was a fantastic atmosphere and it was a pleasure to be part of a side that really looked top drawer.

"We've taken on a side at the top of the table, and whatever you say, the best teams are at the top of the table.

"They've bought a load of people down and to be fair, no-one in the ground can deny us victory, we were magnificent."

Although Arber was slightly downcast about the late consolation for Brentford, he did perk up when describing his third goal of the season, a downward header from Sam Saunders' corner to make it 3-0.

"I thought 'Benno' was going to try and claim it," he laughed.

"It was over the line, but if I was 'Benno' I'd try and claim it too! It was good to get a goal, and an important one too as 2-0 is a bit of a sticky scoreline, the next goal is a big one, as if they get it, it gets a bit nervy."

Not one of the Daggers defence and goalkeeper David Button put a foot wrong all night, and Arber was full of praise for the way the young Spurs loanee had handled himself in standing in for club legend Tony Roberts.

"'Robbo' is a hard man to replace, but to be fair to the young lad, he's come in and pulled off saves at important times," said the skipper, after Button denied Marcus Bean with the score at 1-0.

"He's dominant, you only have to see him on the pitch to notice he's a giant! He comes for crosses and that gives you the confidence, so he can be proud of his performance."

Next up for Daggers is a trip to Notts County this weekend, before they entertain Shrewsbury Town in what could be a winner-takes-all clash for the play-offs.

County have nothing to play for, but understandably, Arber wasn't letting his focus shift from matters at Meadow Lane.

"A big part of this club is that we take one game at a time, so it's important that we don't get complacent," he said. "Our away form has been good this year, and we'll go there with confidence on the back of two big wins.

"We've set ourselves up nicely, we're in a play-off position and we've got a good goal difference, but we need to be back on our game on Saturday again."

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