Still admits interest in Wealdstone defender
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still has admitted he is interested in bringing Wealdstone defender Carl Martin to the club. The 22-year-old, who had a trial with League Two side Crewe Alexandra in pre-season, claimed in the press last week, that Dagger
by MIKE SIMMONDS
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still has admitted he is interested in bringing Wealdstone defender Carl Martin to the club.
The 22-year-old, who had a trial with League Two side Crewe Alexandra in pre-season, claimed in the press last week, that Daggers were hoping to acquire his services.
Boss Still confirmed to the Post that he was looking to sign Martin, who came through the ranks at Wealdstone, if the youngster impresses in a reserve team match scheduled for next week.
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"He has been training with us, but unfortunately he has picked up an injury," said the manager. "Hopefully he will recover quickly though and can play in a reserve game against Millwall next week, so I can have another look at him.
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"He's primarily a full back, but can play centre half too and I like the look of him."
Daggers had their 100 per cent record at Victoria Road ended at the weekend, as Morecambe emerged from their clash with a point.
Josh Scott had put Daggers ahead, but the Shrimps came away with a draw thanks to Phil Jevons' second half penalty, although Still remained upbeat about his side's efforts.
"I was pleased with the performance and I felt we had done enough to win the game, but we didn't and that's going to happen, we are never going to win every match," said the boss, who was delighted with Scott's first league goal for six games.
"We've been working hard with Josh, on getting him into the area, and he scored his goal. He took it well too, and the likes of him and Danny Green continue to improve with each game.
"Morecambe are a very physical and hostile side, but we stood up well to them."
One thing that Still wasn't particularly impressed with were two decisions made by referee Steve Cook.
First, the official gave a penalty when replays show Stewart Drummond appeared to dive over goalkeeper Tony Roberts leg, and then he failed to send off Ian Craney for a terrible challenge on Stuart Thurgood.
"Tony is adamant that he didn't touch him, and when you watch it again, it does look like he is already on his way down for the penalty," said Still.
"While I never like to see players sent off, I think he had to make that decision because at the time the tackle looked bad, and on the DVD, it looks even worse. But that's football, we're not always going to get the decisions we want."
Daggers continue their league campaign at Hereford United this weekend.
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