Gordon admits Daggers were 'poor' in cup loss to Heybridge
PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 November 2018
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Essex club beaten on penalties in third round
Liam Gordon admits Dagenham & Redbridge delivered a below-par performance after losing on penalties to Heybridge Swifts in the third round of the Essex Senior Cup.
The Vanarama National League side had taken the lead in the first half through Shamir Mullings as the cup tie looked to be going to form.
But Swifts, who play three levels below Daggers in the Bostik North, equalised through captain Kreshnic Krasniqi midway through the second half to take the game to the lottery of shoot-out.
Though Ollie Harfield scored his penalty, Shamir Mullings and Lamar Reynolds saw their efforts saved while defenders Alex Davey and Will Wright missed the target altogether.
That allowed Joe Gardner to send Heybridge through with the winning penalty, and an honest Gordon admitted Daggers were simply not good enough against Swifts.
“It was a poor performance from us collectively and individually as well,” said the teenage left-back.
“It shouldn’t have even come down to penalties and it was a poor game from us.”
Gordon’s disappointment was reflected by colleague Reynolds as Daggers’ long wait for another Essex Senior Cup trophy stretches on.
After taking the lead, the Victoria Road side had more than enough chances to put the tie to bed, but were wasteful in front of goal.
And winger Reynolds was left to rue those missed opportunities which later came back to haunt Daggers.
“It’s a tough loss to take. I thought we were a bit unlucky, but to lose on penalties was not good enough,” said the former Newport County man.
“We still should have seen the game out when we led and we could have scored even more goals. We had a lot of chances, so we’re disappointed to go out.”