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Taylor happy with Daggers’ progress despite loss at Eastleigh

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 September 2018

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor is supporting the rebrand of the MANarama National League in aid of Prostate Cancer UK (pic: Prostate Cancer UK)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor is supporting the rebrand of the MANarama National League in aid of Prostate Cancer UK (pic: Prostate Cancer UK)

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Essex club saw four-game unbeaten run end with defeat at Spitfires

Peter Taylor believes Dagenham & Redbridge have improved greatly since the start of the season after their recent resurgence came to an end with a 1-0 loss at Eastleigh in the Vanarama National League.

Prior to Saturday’s game at the Silverlake Stadium, Daggers were unbeaten in four games and on their best run of form of the campaign.

The Essex club looked on course for a fifth straight game without defeat, but were undone by an 89th-minute header from Alex Wynter from a corner.

It could have been different, though, had Chike Kandi not seen his penalty kick saved on the stroke of half by Eastleigh stopper Max Stryjek.

Daggers slipped back into the bottom four with the defeat and though Taylor feels his side are progressing well, he admits some elements of their performance at the Spitfires left him angry.

He told the club website: “I thought some of the things we did at Eastleigh were very good and very encouraging. There were some silly little things where we let ourselves down; we let ourselves down by conceding the goal late on and we let ourselves down also by missing the penalty.

“Those are things you cannot do at this level, so I am frustrated with that side of the performance.

“Overall, I thought the team looked a decent team and we look a better team than what we did at the start of the season.”

Even when Daggers were in a good run of form, Taylor bemoaned their poor start in matches and that worrying trait bore its head again at Eastleigh.

Daggers struggled early on away to the Spitfires, before eventually finding their feet in wet and windy conditions.

And Taylor believes he knows why his side struggled to get going in the early portion of the game in Hampshire.

“I felt we didn’t play enough football at the start of the game,” he added.

“Our centre-backs kept knocking the ball forward when they had other options available.

“In the second half, I felt we tried to play a little bit more into the midfield players and looked a little bit better for it.”

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