Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still insists he was not playing mind games with Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper
PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 March 2017
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Daggers chief’s comments after last clash with FGR saw Rovers boss accuse him of trying to get into his head
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still insists he did not play mind games with his comments following the last match with Forest Green Rovers as the two sides prepare to do battle in the National League this weekend.
During October’s 1-1 draw, Rovers boss Mark Cooper was incensed by a decision not to award his team a penalty for a handball by Daggers defender Josh Staunton.
In his post-match comments, Still said he was not close enough to see the incident, but added that Forest Green defender Ethan Pinnock had told him it was not a penalty.
Those comments saw Cooper later accuse Still of playing mind games, but the Daggers boss insists he wasn’t trying to get into the head of his rival.
“Mark is someone who I’ve known for a long time and is a friend, but did I play mind games? I don’t know,” said Still.
“I can’t even remember the incident if I’m honest, so I don’t know if I played mind games.
“I’m not normally a mind-games person, but we all do what we can for our own teams.
With a smile, Still continued: “I’m positive that Mark has never, ever, ever played mind games with anyone.
“I know him well, he’s a very good man and I look forward to seeing him. This is football, I don’t worry about the mind games.”
Saturday could see a return to the starting XI for Daggers forward Corey Whitely after serving a three-game ban following his dismissal against Guiseley.
The 25-year-old had missed the matches against Bromley, Maidstone United and Gateshead, but looks set to be involved this weekend.
Much like with his comments regarding mind games, though, Still was coy on whether Whitely would be involved from the off, or instead on the bench.
“I’m not sure yet. We trained on Thursday and we worked with a few players, and we worked with less players today (Friday).
“We’ll see how it looks, it might be that we start Corey, or because he has been out for while he might be on the bench.
“Corey has been involved in what we’ve done, but we’ve been doing a few different things.”
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