Dagenham & Redbridge: John Still content after securing first clean sheet of season in draw at Maidstone United
PUBLISHED: 17:23 28 August 2017
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Daggers maintained unbeaten start to new National League term with point at Stones
Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still was pleased his side recorded a first clean sheet of the National League season in their goalless draw with Maidstone United.
The Essex club were able to maintain their unbeaten start to the new term with the stalemate, though did drop to second after Sutton United won at Bromley.
In their first game on a 3G pitch this campaign, Daggers started strongly, with Corey Whitely heading wide inside 20 seconds, but had to hang on at the end after having Sam Ling sent off.
But all in all, Still was pleased with how his team fared at Stones as Daggers picked up a point at the Gallagher Stadium.
“Maidstone are strong, especially at home. We don’t find it easy on 3G surfaces, we came here last year and won, but we had to battle like we did today,” said the 67-year-old.
“We saw the other side of our game today when everyone battled their socks off. “When we went down to 10 men, our gameplan was perfect, we let them have the ball in front of us and they couldn’t get behind us.
“For the away team at this time of year, Mark Cousins hasn’t had much to do, so I’m pleased in that respect.”
Daggers finished the game with 10 men after Ling was shown two yellow cards in quick succession midway through the second half.
The right-back was first penalised for a foul on Delano Sam-Yorke, before being shown a second yellow less than a minute later in the 73rd minute.
Still, however, had sympathy with the youngster, believing the first booking in particular was unfortunate.
“I thought it was harsh for ‘Lingy’ to be sent off. He slipped for the first yellow card. He didn’t foul, he just lost his footing,” added the Daggers boss.
“I was disappointed for him because he’s done very well (this season).”
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