Still:�I'm building a new side

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still admitted he was never in doubt his side would come out their mini-slump after victory over title-chasing Bournemouth at the weekend.

by MIKE SIMMONDS

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE manager John Still admitted he was never in doubt his side would come out their mini-slump after victory over title-chasing Bournemouth at the weekend.

Daggers had lost four matches in a row prior to Saturday's 1-0 victory and fallen out of the League Two play-off places, but according to Still, he never lost faith in his team.

Concerned

"We were sliding down the table, but it never concerned me for one minute," he said.

"I always knew we would find it hard and I knew we would go four, five, six, seven, eight or nine games without a win, because we're not a team who can find the formula by just going out to get the best players.

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"We have to find players and do what we've always done

"We're going to have another blip and another I suppose, but I'm trying to create a new team out there. If you look at the age of the team and the individual players, that's how we do it.

"We're just getting ourselves back together again, people get disappointed when you lose, but unfortunately not a quick-fix club, we have to try and find who we want."

The average age of the Daggers team on display was just over 25, but that statistic is slightly misleading with Tony Roberts (40), Peter Gain (33) and Mark Arber (32) in the starting line-up.

There were six players 21 and under, with the likes of Marlon Pack (19) and Damien McCrory (18), who are just beginning their careers with the club.

"I get a bit disappointed when I hear a few comments about Marlon Pack," said Still.

"The three games I've seen he's got better and better and I thought he was terrific on Saturday.

"I don't know what average age of our team is, but we won 1-0 and it could have been more.

"I'm sure we'll have some ups and downs before the end of the season, but we're creating a team again. It will take time, but I was delighted with the performance."

Daggers winner came courtesy of a dubious penalty from Mark Arber, his third successful spotkick of the season.

Although Still didn't witness the incident, he felt his side deserved to run out worthy winners regardless.

Speaking

"I didn't see it, but I'm pretty sure from speaking to my players that he (Steve Fletcher) pulled Peter Gain back.

"As I didn't see it, I have no comment on it, but we deserved to win the game.

"We defended well, our two centre halves were absolutely outstanding and both full backs did well.

"Our work-rate was tremendous, the pace of our game was how I wanted it to be, and that is so important for our game, as it means we can create chances, which we did."

Daggers travel to top of the table Rochdale this weekend.

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