Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still pleased with Barrow victory

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 August 2017

Dagenham manager John Still during the match against Barrow (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham manager John Still during the match against Barrow (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still was in high spirits after his side sealed a 2-1 victory against Barrow in their National League opener.

Corey Whitley and Michael Cheek both got themselves off the mark in their first home match of the National League campaign to seal their side the three points and put Daggers third in the table.

The boss admits he was ‘pleased’ with his side’s performance, but admits they could have been better in the second-half, as they let the visitors back into the clash and Dan Jones managed to claw one back.

“I’m really pleased, thought we was very good first-half, we know Barrow are a good side they’re effective side, they play lots of long throws and balls into the box.

“I thought we defended them fantastic.

“Second-half I thought we probably sat back too much, we should have took the game on a little bit, but it’s early days yet and you’re always pleased when you win the first game of the season.”

Barrow pressed hard in the second-half and Still was delighted with the way his side held firm.

“We had to defend an aerial bombardment and we defended it fantastically, so that was a little plus for me.”

Morgan Ferrier looked dangerous and kept pressing the Barrow backline hard, his efforts managed to win his side a penalty, as he was brought down.

Whitely stepped up and rocketed home the penalty into the top left corner to make it 1-0.

Two minutes later fellow new signing Michael Cheek’s hard work was rewarded as he grabbed hold off a loose ball and surged forward before letting fly just outside the box and picking out the bottom right to make it 2-0.

The boss had nothing but praise for the new signings and insists nothing has changed in the Hawkins situation.

“They’ve both settled in well and when you can bring someone on like Hawkins, it shows you we’ve got good strength and depth,” Still said.

“Situation hasn’t changed, we have a valuation and if someone matches it we would never stand in his way, so we will wait and see up until deadline day.”

The manager also admitted his summer transfers are complete after signing Kevin Lokko on loan from Stevenage.

“He done brilliant, we’d been chasing him for a while.

“That’s my shopping done now.”

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