Harris praise for Daggers defence

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE assistant manager Terry Harris praised his sides defence after they held on to a goalless draw at Torquay United last night.


DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE assistant manager Terry Harris praised his sides defence after they held on to a goalless draw at Torquay United last night.

The result saw Daggers keep their second successive clean sheet and also stretch their unbeaten run to three games against a Gulls side who themselves now haven't lost for four matches.

"Our back four have been fantastic of late, Scott Doe especially has been superb, but I thought as a unit we worked very hard," said Harris.

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"It's a tough place to come on a very heavy boggy pitch, as they were on a high from their result on Saturday too.

"I thought in the first half we never came to terms with their power and play as they put us under a lot of pressure, but I thought second half we did.

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"Maybe if there was going to be someone to nick a goal in the second half it would be us, but probably a draw was a fair result."

With Notts County beating Macclesfield 1-0, it means Daggers dropped to four point below the play-off places, and have played three games more than County.

But Harris refused to believe the draw had dented their chances, preferring to look upon it as point gained.

"This one point could be the difference between us getting into the play-offs or not," he said.

"We went for the result and we went for the win. We tried to be positive, we put Wes Thomas on and Darren Currie to try and open them up. It's been a tough time as we've been to Rochdale away, Aldershot away, Torquay away and we go to Bury on Saturday, along with Grimsby in the middle, so we've had it tough as well.

"I try to be positive and look upon it as a point gained."

Daggers were once again without manager John Still, who was recuperating at home after undergoing keyhole surgery, and Harris admitted he was needed back on the touchline.

"John is a bit miss regardless, if the captain of the ship is not there it's a big miss," he said.

"He's on the road to recovery now and came out of hospital yesterday. Hopefully he'll be in training on Thursday and then back at the helm on Saturday."

Daggers: Tony Roberts, Abu Ogogo, Damien McCrory, Mark Arber, Scott Doe, Danny Green, Peter Gain, Marlon Pack (Yoann Folly 86), Jon Nurse (Wes Thomas 88), Josh Scott (Darren Currie 78), Paul Benson.

Subs not used: Chris Lewington, Anwar Uddin, Romain Vincelot, Graeme Montgomery.

Attendance: 2,140.

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