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Taylor hopes to sign Shearer for Daggers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 August 2018

Dagenham manager Peter Taylor during Hemel Hempstead Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Friendly Match Football at Vauxhall Road on 28th July 2018

Dagenham manager Peter Taylor during Hemel Hempstead Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge, Friendly Match Football at Vauxhall Road on 28th July 2018

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Daggers boss says he is looking for a striker similar to the former Newcastle United forward

Peter Taylor says he is hoping to sign a striker in the Alan Shearer mould to ease Dagenham & Redbridge’s striking worries.

The Daggers boss was speaking after seeing his side go down 2-1 at home to Maidstone United in the Vanarama National League.

Though Elliott Romain netted for the hosts, the Essex club remain on the lookout for a forward following Michael Cheek’s transfer to divisional rivals Ebbsfleet United last week.

Despite both of Daggers’ first two games of the season ending in defeat, Taylor’s men were able to create plenty of chances, but have not made the most of them.

The Daggers boss remains on the lookout for a new attacker, and when asked what type of striker he was looking for, he had one particular name in mind.

“Alan Shearer!” joked Taylor. “I’m looking for a nice number nine that’s good with his back to goal.

“He hasn’t got to score as many goals as Alan Shearer, but I shouldn’t think I’d get that.”

Daggers saw more of the ball and created more chances than Maidstone on Tuesday, but were still unable to triumph.

Blair Turgott netted in both halves for the visitors, though the Victoria Road outfit made errors in the build-up to both goals.

Taylor acknowledged there were positives for his side to take from the defeat, but admits the mistakes in the build-up to the Maidstone goals were fatal.

“I’m disappointed because I thought we did some good things,” he added.

“We should have scored more than one goal and we tested their goalkeeper more than they tested ours.

“They scored two clinical goals and we made errors just before that, which the players know.

“We got punished for those errors, but that’s what happens; it’s a decent level of football and if you make mistakes in the wrong areas, people will score goals.”

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