Dagenham & Redbridge: Kevin Lokko admits performance in draw at Maidstone United was not best

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 August 2017

Kevin Lokko of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Kevin Lokko of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers drew blank for first time this term, but also recorded first shutout

On-loan defender Kevin Lokko admits Dagenham & Redbridge were not at their best during the goalless draw at Maidstone United in the National League on Monday.

Daggers drew a blank for the first time this season when failing to net at the Gallagher Stadium, though did muster plenty of chances, especially in the first half.

However, the Essex club were able to register a first clean sheet of the season after coping with plenty of late efforts from the Stones after Sam Ling was dismissed for picking up two yellow cards.

And while Lokko praised opponents Maidstone for their display, he knows had Daggers been on top form, they would have claimed the victory.

“We weren’t at our best, but if we were I feel we would have won the game,” said the 21-year-old.

“Fair play to Maidstone, they did well, kept the ball well and moved it around quickly. Full credit to them, I think they’ll do well this season.

“From our side, we can do a lot better. If we’re at the top of our game, you’ve seen this season what we can do. We’re disappointed we didn’t win, but happy with the clean sheet.”

Monday’s trip to Kent saw Lokko, on loan at Daggers from Stevenage, return to his former club Maidstone.

The centre-back left Stones in the summer to join Boro, but was immediately loaned to John Still’s side.

Lokko was given a hostile reception on his return to Gallagher Stadium, with his every touched booed by the United fans.

The youngster, though, admits he half expected it, but says it did not let the fans affect him during the game.

“If people knew the full story, they wouldn’t give me as much stick as what they have, but then again, it’s football,” added Lokko.

“When someone leaves, if they’re a good player they seem to take it to heart. If people knew, maybe they wouldn’t do as much, but it’s football and I can’t get down about it.”

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