Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still disappointed after being edged out at Gateshead
PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 March 2017
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Daggers saw their hopes of winning the National League all but end with defeat on Tyneside
Manager John Still expressed his frustration after seeing Dagenham & Redbridge succumb to a third loss in four National League games after going down 1-0 away to Gateshead.
Danny Johnson’s goal early in the second half proved the difference at the Gateshead International Stadium, with Daggers slipping to fourth in the progress.
It was a result that saw the Essex club fall five points adrift of leaders Lincoln City, who have two games in hand, and Still was despondent after seeing Daggers edged out in a close game.
“It’s always disappointing when you don’t win,” said the former Luton Town boss. “First half, I thought they had the ascendancy and their formation, 3-4-3, pushed us back. “We had a little change second half and I thought we got right into the game. We had a good go at it, but Gateshead are on a good run.
“It was a game between two teams battling hard up near the play-offs, but in the end Gateshead probably edged it.
“Second half we started to take the ascendancy and they changed the shape of their team because we were pushing them back.”
Daggers did have the ball in the net midway through the second half when Oliver Hawkins had a goal ruled out for offside.
Aside from Craig Robson hitting the post with a long range shot, it was the closest the Victoria Road outfit came to a goal on Tyneside.
It was a second straight game in which Daggers have failed to find the net, and Still was disappointed his side failed to turn territory into something more meaningful.
“There was a lot of action in their penalty box and we had a goal ruled out for offside, but it didn’t really fall for us,” he added.
“It was OK, football is football and I know results have been good for Gateshead, so we’ve stuck to our gameplan and it nearly worked for us.
“I’m disappointed, but I’ll be disappointed again.”
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