Harris disappointed by defeat

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE assistant manager Terry Harris felt his side were hard done by during Saturday s 1-0 home defeat to Darlington, writes MIKE SIMMONDS. Paul Benson had two efforts disallowed before the break, while Pawel Abbott netted late in the secon

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE assistant manager Terry Harris felt his side were hard done by during Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Darlington, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.

Paul Benson had two efforts disallowed before the break, while Pawel Abbott netted late in the second half, with Daggers defenders appealing in vain for an offside flag.

"I thought Benson's header was a classic centre forwards goal," he said.

"He got up well and hung there, but the man in the middle never gave it so you have to abide by that.


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"Was their goal offside? It's debatable. From where I was yes, other people have said no, so we'll see."

The result dropped Daggers down to eighth and out of the play-off places, but Harris felt that they were worthy of something from the game.

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"We were disappointed as we had a good result against Rochdale and then took that form to Grimsby, so we wanted to push on," said the assistant.

"Conditions were horrible, though it was the same for both sides. It was always going to be very marginal with one goal in it, but unfortunately they got it.

"In the first half, we did ever so well, but second half, the quality of our balls forward weren't as good as they should have been.

"I have to congratulate Darlington though, they were resolute and got the break and we never did."

Darlington boss Dave Penney felt that his side had done enough to gain the three points from the encounter.

"We played better against the wind and the slope and I thought we got better as the game went on," he said.

"Before we scored, we had two or three chances, Rob Purdie got in behind them and could have squared it and Ricky Ravenhill has put one over the bar."

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