Still: Daggers comeback was no surprise
WHEN Dagenham & Redbridge completed a magnificent comeback from 2-0 down to defeat at Aldershot 3-2 last night, it came as something of a surprise to the majority of the people in the ground, but not manager John Still.
by MIKE SIMMONDS
WHEN Dagenham & Redbridge completed a magnificent comeback from 2-0 down to defeat Aldershot 3-2 last night, it came as something of a surprise to the majority of the people in the ground, but not Daggers manager John Still.
The boss, who was back on the touchline despite his gall bladder surgery being postponed until Monday, has seen it all in his five years at the club and he had every confidence his side could get back into the match, even after Scott Donnelly netted the second goal just after half time.
"In all my time at this club, nothing surprises me," he said.
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"The players that we have, we have young hungry players who have great desire. They may have lost their way a little bit with a few changes, but I feel we're getting that back now.
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"We always try to win games and even on Saturday at Rochdale, we lost 3-1, but at 1-1, we were trying to win it.
"We could have got a point here, but we got three, that's what is important. We have a way of playing, we're not going to change it.
"We're creating a new team and when I look at some young players, Scott Doe was magnificent, Marlon Pack was outstanding, his ball for West Thomas down the side was fantastic.
"We have a young side, but the one thing we will never lose is the Dagenham & Redbridge spirit."
Daggers had gone in at the break 1-0 down, and although Still admitted he wasn't happy with the goal this side conceded, he remained confident they would turn things around.
"I was disappointed at half time, I thought we had done more than enough not to be behind," he said.
"Tony (Roberts) was really disappointed as he felt it was a soft goal for him to concede.
"We have to rebound from disappointments as this club has always done though, and once the second goal went in, we took the game to them. It was a fantastic comeback."
Although Josh Scott netted the all-important winner, strike partner Paul Benson set Daggers on their way, scrambling home a Danny Green free kick and then producing a wonderful solo effort.
That put the 29-year-old on to 15 goals for the season and ended a barren run which has seen him net just three times in his last 14 games.
"I think sometimes people set such high standards as he (Paul) has done in the last few years," said Still.
"I think people don't understand that his wife had a baby and that is a big change in your life. He has also suffered a little bit with injury, nothing that would keep him out, but he's been playing when not 100 per cent.
"In actual fact, the little break that we have now and again with the postponed games actually helped him a little bit.
"Hopefully he can overcome a little bit of injury, settle down with the family and produce the sort of performance he produced at Aldershot."
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