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Taylor revels in ‘fantastic’ win for Daggers

PUBLISHED: 18:02 27 October 2018 | UPDATED: 18:03 27 October 2018

Alexander McQueen of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates the first goal against Harrogate Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Alexander McQueen of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates the first goal against Harrogate Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex club beat Harrogate Town 2-1

Peter Taylor expressed his delight at seeing Dagenham & Redbridge snap a five-game losing run in the Vanarama National League with a 2-1 win at home to Harrogate Town.

Daggers led 2-0 at the break thanks to two well-taken goals from Alex McQueen just before half-time.

The Sulphurites threw everything at it in the second half and managed to pull one back through Joe Leesley.

However, Daggers held firm for the closing moments to triumph despite a barrage of Town attacks.

And boss Taylor was pleased to revel in just a third league win of the season for Daggers.

“I’m delighted with the outcome. It was a very nervous second half for us, but we were in a situation that was new to us, being 2-0 up at half-time,” said Taylor.

“We had to manage the game in a very different way. I was delighted with the first-half performance and thought we showed we had goals in us and a bit of quality on the pitch.

“We asked questions of the opposition and scored two fabulous goals. We knew in the second half that Harrogate would come out and show us what a good team they are. Harrogate are a good team, so we’ve done well to keep them to one goal.

“It’s a fantastic win for us and the lift we needed. We’re getting some players through now and a lot of the players deserve credit because a lot of them could have done without playing 90 minutes having not played much football.

“To play 90 minutes in a tough game against Harrogate, it was tough.”

As for Harrogate, manager Simon Weaver believes McQueen’s double just before the break ultimately proved their undoing.

“It was a five-minute aberration that cost us where we lost out on a couple of headers from direct ball,” said Weaver.

“To be fair, Dagenham finished their chances very well indeed. The reaction from the players was so positive because you’ve seen it so many times that teams are on top, concede twice quickly and then sulk, but we didn’t sulk.

“We remained very positive throughout. It was just a shame we couldn’t convert one of our many chances.”

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