Dagenham & Redbridge boss Still admits defending is a problem

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 January 2018

Dagenham manager John Still (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham manager John Still (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still believes defending remains a problem for his side after falling to a 3-1 defeat against National League strugglers Solihull Moors.

Daggers have now only won one of their last eight league matches and fell to a third consecutive loss as Moors new signing Adi Yussuf netted a brace in the opening 15 minutes.

England C international Fejiri Okenabirhie clawed one back in the 39th minute, but his stunning goal counted for nothing as Oladapo Afolayan made it 3-1 in the 70th minute and helped the visitors seal the three points.

Still claimed it wasn’t good enough and says Daggers must get back to work to find the solutions for their poor form of late.

“We deserved to get beat, I’ve got no issues with that, I thought we started okay and then they scored two quick goals,” Still said.

“Once again our Achilles heel, as it has been for some time, was our defending and I think that was our problem.

“I thought we started off bright, I thought we got back in the game at 2-1 as well, it give us a little foothold.

“I thought we had a penalty shout for handball, but it was not given, that’s football and I understand that.

“We came out for the second half and the game became a bit of a non-entity, with no chances, and one ball over the top of our defence beat us and it was 3-1 and game over.

“It’s not good enough and I understand that.”

Still made three changes for the clash, bringing in Ben Nunn, Bondz N’Gala and Corey Whitely to replace the injured Sam Ling, Michael Cheek, who dropped to the bench, and captain Scott Doe, who was unavailable due to unknown circumstances.

“Sam Ling is injured, Scott Doe was unavailable,” added Still.

“It was Bondz’s first game back, we don’t know if he’ll fix things yet, we loaned him out for a little while, so we’ll have to have another week’s training to see.

“We’re constantly searching for the best combination defensively. We went on a little run of games, where we weren’t conceding but when we thought we’d found it, it comes back to haunt us. We will have to keep looking.”

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