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Daggers boss Taylor insists Wood defeat was not due to striker Romain’s departure

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 October 2018

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor looks frustrated  (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor looks frustrated (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor insists the defeat to Boreham Wood was not down to the departure of club top goal scorer Elliott Romain.

Daggers crashed out of the FA Cup after they lost 1-0 at home to their National League rivals in a fourth qualifying round replay at Victoria Road.

And boss Taylor refused to be drawn on the matter that a lack of a goal threat in the tie could potentially be down to the departure of 26-year-old Romain, who left the club on Friday to join league rivals Maidstone United.

Romain netted on his debut for the Stones in their 2-0 FA Cup victory against Leyton Orient at the weekend just two minutes after coming off the bench.

“That’s a cr*p question,” the 65-year-old said. “Are we going to have a sensible question?

“We lost four matches, Elliott played in them by the way, so it doesn’t mean him playing every week means we’re going to win every week.

“Did you want to change that question?”

Taylor and his side missed out on an away trip to National League North outfit Southport in the first round of the competition thanks to a goal in the 45th minute from Jamal Fyfield.

The former Gillingham boss slammed his side for the errors that led to the only goal in the match.

He added: “I’m disappointed, very disappointed with the goal we conceded just on half-time, I’ve just seen it again and it’s a very poor goal for us.

“People were not doing their jobs in the defensive line-up that we planned before the game, so it was very frustrating to concede at that time, and in that way.”

Daggers had earned a replay with two stoppage-time goals from Tomi Adeloye and Luke Pennell at Meadow Park to seal a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

But Taylor felt his side didn’t show the same fight or character which they displayed late on in Hertfordshire at the weekend.

“No, we didn’t see anything like we did Saturday because we didn’t pass the ball as well as we did when we had a little bit of a fight back,” Taylor said.

He did however back his decision to make four changes to the starting line-up with captain Ben Nunn dropping out of the match day squad.

The boss concluded: “They were brought in and people were left out because they’ve not played a lot of football and they were tired.”

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