Gateshead boss Neil Aspin: Dagenham & Redbridge never really threatened us
PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 March 2017
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Heed manager praises defence after keeping clean sheet in win over Daggers
Dagenham & Redbridge may still boast the best away record in the National League, but Gateshead boss Neil Aspin was delighted to deny the Essex club any points in their National League clash on Saturday.
John Still’s men have taken 34 points on the road this season, more than any other side at the time of writing.
However, Danny Johnson’s 48th-minute strike for the Heed was enough to send Daggers crashing to just a second loss in their last 10 away league games.
And Aspin was thrilled to see the Tynsesiders shut out their National League play-off rivals to claim all three points at the Gateshead International Stadium.
“Dagenham have done well away from home and they have got a threat,” he told Gateshead’s official website.
“In the first half, they made a couple of chances from our mistakes, but didn’t really hurt us.
“First half, we played some nice football and after we took the lead, they changed their shape, came into the game and put us on the back foot. It was a test, but we defended well.”
Victory for the Heed at the weekend saw them complete a double over Daggers this season, having won 5-0 at Victoria Road back in November.
Since then, though, the Essex club had been on an upward trajectory and headed to Tyneside second in the table, but slipped to fourth after the loss.
Again, it was Daggers inability to turn final-third possession into a goal that cost them as they failed to net for the second game in a row, but Aspin believes that was down to how well Gateshead defended.
“It was a tough game against a good side having a good season,” he added.
“I’m really pleased with the players defensively and we defended really well to keep the lead.
“We were put under some pressure, but we withstood it well and I’m really pleased with the attitude and application.”
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