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Dagenham & Redbridge threats kept at bay, says Maidstone United boss Jay Saunders

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 March 2017

Nana Ofori-Twumasi of Maidstone United clears the ball under pressure from Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Nana Ofori-Twumasi of Maidstone United clears the ball under pressure from Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers unable to find a way through a resilient Stones

Dagenham & Redbridge forward Oliver Hawkins was marked out of the game by Maidstone United on Tuesday night, according to the Kent club’s boss Jay Saunders.

The Daggers forward remains stuck on 19 goals for the season in all competitions after firing a blank in the 2-0 defeat to the Stones.

By and large, United coped well the threat posed by the formal Hemel Hempstead Town man, and Saunders believes that was down to the work his side had done in training.

“We defended very well. We’d spoken a lot in the build-up about Hawkins as they drop a lot into him, but I thought we dealt with him very well,” he told the Maidstone website.

“That was a big part of our win, dealing with that threat, but from the front and all the way through midfield to the back four, we defended well and were a threat on the break.”

There was also a moment of controversy midway through the second half when Stones saw Joe Pigott, who had scored their first, have a potential second ruled out.

The United front man was adjudged to interfered illegally with a goal kick from Daggers keeper Mark Cousins, and despite the win, Saunders feels his side were wronged.

“The referee gives the goal and we all go back to the centre circle, but then goes and talks to the linesman,” he added. “The minute he did that, I knew what was going to happen.

“Put it this way, if that was at Maidstone’s football ground, if that was at the Gallagher, he wouldn’t have done that; because he’s at Dagenham and they’re second, he has.”

Saunders also blasted the officials for showing Maidstone midfielder Stuart Lewis, labelling the first booking ‘embarrassing.”

He said: “It was shoulder-to-shoulder and he (Frankie Raymond) goes down, but I don’t know how, with the some of tackles in that game, how Lewis has come out of it with a yellow card.

“He’s caught the lad a little late with the second challenge, but the first booking was an embarrassment.”


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