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Dagenham & Redbridge: Darren Currie happy with second-half showing at Maidenhead United

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 October 2017

Michael Cheek of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Michael Cheek of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers came from goal down to draw at Magpies, and nearly claimed all three points late on

Assistant manager Darren Currie insists he was pleased with the second half performance from Dagenham & Redbridge away to Maidenhead United after coming from a goal down to draw in the National League.

After a bright opening, the Essex club trailed in the 39th minute when Remy Clerima found the net for the hosts.

Daggers, however, rallied in the second half and drew level in the 55th minute through forward Michael Cheek.

The Victoria Road outfit nearly won it at the death when Fejiri Okenabirhie, on as a substitute, tested Magpies stopper Carl Pentney in stoppage time.

And Currie believes the cameo from Okenabirhie gave Daggers the impetus needed to control the second half.

“To bring ‘Fey’ on and give us some fresh legs and fresh ideas, it almost paid off,” the assistant manager told the club website.

“(Before he came on) we got the goal that got us back into the game. It was a great bit of awareness by Morgan and a nice finish for ‘Cheeky’, which was nice for him because he’s back in the team.

“We’re really pleased with what we tried to do in the second half, but there’s a tinge of disappointment we didn’t go on to win the game.”

Conditions at York Road were tricky for both sides as a strong wind in Berkshire caused plenty of problems.

The Magpies’ home ground also features a slope from one end to the other, with Daggers playing up the hill in the opening 45 minutes.

Both of these are factors which Currie believes had an affect on the game, and he admits Daggers did not adapt as well as hoped in the first half, but did cope well with conditions in the second period.

“The wind played its part. The fact we were playing downhill in the second half played its part. All these parts contributed to the ebb and flow of the game,” he added.

“We didn’t quite come to grips with those with our own performance in the first half. We were a bit loose with the ball on the odd occasion we got up in their final third.

“We weren’t too concerned, it was more about what we were looking to do in the second half with the advantage of the hill and the wind.”

The point sees Daggers sit sixth in the table.

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