Cousins: Daggers must stop being pinned back
PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 February 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge keeper says team must take game to opponents after old problem costs them at Cambridge
Mark Cousins says Dagenham & Redbridge must start getting on the front foot more after their 1-0 defeat at Cambridge United.
Daggers remain second from bottom in League Two, four points adrift of safety, after Luke Berry’s 82nd-minute penalty won it for the U’s at the Abbey Stadium.
The decision to award a spot-kick to the hosts came after a sustained period of pressure on the Daggers goal in the second half.
It’s not the first time this season the east Londoners have been under siege late on, leading Cousins to suggest attack may be the best form of defence.
“I think teams seem to pin us back at times and we seem to end up defending for long periods of the game,” he said.
“Maybe not with loads of shots to deal with, but they have possession in our half like Newport the other week, we defended for the whole of the second half.
“If we can turn it around a bit more and become a bit more offensive, it will help.”
The kind of swirling winds that were present on Saturday often cause keepers problems, but Cousins was still able to pull off a string of impressive saves.
Perhaps the pick of those stops came in the 35th minute when Cousins denied Berry from close range, pushing the ball behind for a corner.
And the 29-year-old was frustrated that, having put in a heroic display in tough conditions, he still ended up on the losing side.
“As a keeper, I thought it had 0-0 written all over it and but for one penalty, it is,” added Cousins.
“It’s disappointing, you battle the conditions as a goalkeeper. You think if I can get through this with a clean sheet, I’ll be pleased. These things happen in football.”
Cousins also denied a familiar face earlier in the game with former Daggers loanee James Dunne going close from 20 yards.
The midfielder played nine times in the league for the east Londoners earlier in the season and Cousins said it was good to see his former team-mate in action.
“James did well for us when came in. He put a good shift in alongside Joss Labadie and got us a few wins,” he added.
“He did well, but I still think Joss came out on top!”
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