Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still unimpressed by midfield against Maidstone United
PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 March 2017
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Daggers regularly overrun in middle of pitch by Stones during loss
Dagenham & Redbridge’s midfielders did not exactly have their greatest game against Maidstone United in the National League on Tuesday night.
Frankie Raymond struggled again to fill the box-to-box midfielder role, which in turn led to Andre Boucaud struggling to find the time and space he usually adores.
It meant Daggers were often overrun by the Stones in the middle of the park during the 2-0 defeat, leaving boss John Still to rue the vast number of midfielders he currently has out injured.
“We haven’t got that many midfield players at the moment. We have no Matt Robinson, no Luke Howell, no Luke Guttridge and no Jake Howells,” he said.
“This is something we’ve had all season. We’ve had a lack of enough players in certain areas and we’ve been struggling in midfield.
“We would like to have made a change against Maidstone on Tuesday, but we couldn’t.”
Further forward, the likes of Fejiri Okenabirhie and Jordan Maguire-Drew, so often the shining lights for Daggers this season, also struggled to make an impact.
Maguire-Drew rarely troubled the Maidstone defence, be it with a menacing cross or direct running, while Okenabirhie’s balls regularly failed to find their man.
And Still was a little disappointed that the team’s creative outlets were unable to affect the game against the Stones in their usual manner.
“Neither of our wide players produced what they are capable of,” added the former Luton town manager.
“‘Fey’ has only just come back from injury, so he’s going to be a bit up-and-down.
“We didn’t get anything out of Jordan and his quality was poor. I know he’s not going to crunch into tackles, but he can still come up with moments of quality, but he never did.
“We never provided service for the front two, never provided them with a goalscoring opportunity.”
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