Still fuming over defensive blunders

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still couldn t hide his frustration after his side let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 at Chester City on Saturday, writes MIKE SIMMONDS. Goals from Ben Strevens and Matt Ritchie had put the Daggers ahead, and they held that

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still couldn't hide his frustration after his side let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 at Chester City on Saturday, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.

Goals from Ben Strevens and Matt Ritchie had put the Daggers ahead, and they held that lead with just four minutes remaining, only for David Mannix and Kevin Roberts to equalise.

"They scored from a corner and free kick and that was because two people didn't mark," said an exasperated Still.

"Ben Strevens and Doug Loft have held their hands up, but it doesn't do us any good now, they've let people get away from them and it's disappointing."


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Daggers were 2-0 in front at the break after an excellent first half performance, but despite the hosts upping their game in the second period, Still always felt his side were in control.

"You have to give other people credit, Chester were at home and they got people up there in the second half, but never for one moment did we look in any trouble," he said.

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"We were never under pressure, never defending for our lives and in control of the game.

"I though the only way of scoring was how they did to be honest, people have to be responsible, and unfortunately, we can't be responsible for that in training, it's the people out there on the pitch."

The draw kept Daggers in ninth place, just three points off the play-offs and with a home match against Lincoln on Tuesday night, Still is confident his side can make the end of season lottery.

"We have to make sure that we really maintain our good form, because we're playing well," he said.

"There are enough games left to really push on and at the end of exercise, we have to stand up and be counted."

If you would like to comment on this story, email: mike.simmonds@archant.co.uk

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