Dagenham & Redbridge defender Craig Robson: First half at Aldershot Town was worst we’ve played all season

Craig Robson of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Craig Robson of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo) - Credit: David Simpson/TGS Photo

Daggers centre-back cut a frustrated figure after a hugely disappointing night at Shots

Dagenham & Redbridge defender Craig Robson admits the team played the worst they had all season during the first half of their National League loss at Aldershot Town.

Daggers looked well off the pace in the first half at the Recreation Ground and trailed 2-0 at the break after goals from Shamir Fenelon and Bernard Mensah for the Shots.

Though they improved in the second half, with skipper Scott Doe pulling one back, the Essex club never really looked like grabbing an equaliser before conceding a third.

It was a hugely disappointing result for Daggers which now puts their play-off spot in jeopardy, and Robson pulled no punches after the game.

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“We were poor in the first half, there are no excuses for it and it was probably the worst we’ve played all year,” said the centre-back.

“No one had any spirit or fight about them; it was a shambles, as simple as that.”

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After a dreadful opening 45 minutes, there were signs of improvement from Daggers in the second half and at times actually forced Aldershot keeper Jake Cole into action.

Doe’s header, his second in three games, gave hope of an unlikely comeback that never materialised, before ex-Daggers forward Matt McClure ended that in the final 10 minutes.

And though Robson notes it was better from the Victoria Road side after the break, it still was not good enough and he did not mask his frustration.

“We changed the shape at half time and that helped us, but it still wasn’t good enough. All over the pitch, it was just a poor game for us,” added the 25-year-old.

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