Daggers boss John Still disappointed with draw against Ebbsfleet United

PUBLISHED: 09:30 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:12 16 August 2017

Dagenham manager John Still (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham manager John Still (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still was disappointed with his side’s 3-3 draw at home to Ebbsfleet United.

Corey Whitley and Kevin Lokko put the hosts in front in the first-half, but were pegged back by Jack Powell free-kick, before Morgan Ferrier made it 3-1 and Still believes poor defending allowed the visitors back into the match at Victoria Road.

“I’m very disappointed because I thought the last 30 minutes of the first-half we were electric,” Still said.

“We knew they’d come out and have a go and they got a goal, it was a good free-kick so I can’t moan at that, we got one back but we conceded three goals from re-starts.”

The manager admits his side need to tighten up defensively as they continue to concede goals from free-kicks, penalties and corners this campaign.

“If you look at the goals we’ve conceded this year, they’ve been from restarts,” he said.

“We can’t defend at the moment, we can attack and I think if we’re not the league’s leading scorers we’ve got to be up there, but we’re not defending restarts.

“Our defending in general is not bad, I think it was their third one, it was a long throw in into the box and it has bounced twice in the six yard box and in the greatest respect that is nowhere near the standard that is required.”

Dagenham & Redbridge have a completely new look back line this year in the form of Bondz N’Gala, Kevin Lokko, Sam Ling and Luke Pennell and Still knows they need time, but they must start improving.

“It is a new back four and I understand that, but it’s still not good enough.”

Still also believes his side are giving away too many free-kicks for a side that is struggling to defend set pieces.

“We’re giving away too many, their three goals came from re-starts, two free-kicks and a long throw.

“You can’t always help the throw, but you can defend it when it bounces twice.

“If they threw it in and someone gets a touch and someone heads it, that’s football, but it’s bounced twice and that is nowhere near good enough.”

Daggers now travel to Fylde on Saturday.

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