Gordon pleased for Daggers defence as first clean sheet arrives at the eighth attempt
PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 September 2018
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Daggers kept talented Ammies side at bay on Saturday
Liam Gordon was thrilled Dagenham & Redbridge finally recorded a first clean sheet of the season at the eighth attempt after keeping Salford City quiet in the Vanarama National League on Saturday.
Prior to the weekend’s clash at Victoria Road, Daggers had conceded in each of their first seven league games this term.
Peter Taylor’s men, though, held firm to deny an Ammies side containing talented forwards like Adam Rooney and Rory Gaffney.
It wasn’t straightforward for the Essex club, who saw centre-backs Alex Davey and Luke Pennell both go off injured against Salford.
But with their first shut out of the season now under their belts, Gordon is confident the team can kick on in the coming weeks and continue to improve defensively.
“We’ve had a rough start and everyone knows that, but the boys have been training hard and digging deep,” said the teenager.
“Alex got injured, then Penns (Pennell) got injured and late on in the second half Goody (Ben Goodliffe) went down, so I thought we were going to be without a centre-back during the game.
“Goody dug deep and played on through the injury to help us keep a clean sheet.”
Daggers’ cause against Salford may have been helped by a red card for Danny Lloyd, who was sent off late on in the first half after collecting two bookings.
The first came when breaking up a quick break by the hosts, while his second was for a dive in the area in the 42nd minute.
Ammies boss Graham Alexander felt Lloyd was unfortunate to be booked, citing a similar incident in the second half involving Daggers forward Tomi Adeloye, who avoided a yellow card.
But Gordon believes referee Lloyd Wood made the correct decision in judging Lloyd to have dived.
“Their player (Lloyd) was causing a lot of problems and finding the pockets, but his dismissal was a weight lifted off our shoulders with an attacking player no longer being in the game,” he added.
“He beat me, then Penns was next to him and he went early before Penns was close enough to touch him, so he deserved a yellow card which led to him being sent off.”
Gordon will hope Daggers can now keep a first away clean sheet of the season on Saturday when they make the long trip north to play Barrrow in the league.