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Taylor content with display from Daggers despite defeat at Sutton

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 November 2018

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

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

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Essex club lost 1-0 at U’s on Saturday

Peter Taylor believes Dagenham & Redbridge performed well despite losing 1-0 at Sutton United in the Vanarama National League on Saturday.

A second-half goal from Kieron Cadogan proved the difference between the sides at the weekend as Daggers saw their two-game winning run come to an end.

The Essex club were unable to cause the U’s many problems in the match at Gander Green Lane, but boss Taylor felt his side did well away from home.

“We had a couple of really good chances and we let in a really poor goal,” he told the club website.

“We were playing against a team that’s just outside the play-off places who had to change their shape because they couldn’t deal with us in the first half.

“It was a sensible performance away from home.”

Taylor opted to name unchanged XI for the trip to Sutton following a 2-0 victory at Dover Athletic last Tuesday, which the Daggers boss says was a reward for the players for the recent upturn in form.

“I named an unchanged side to reward the players who had won us six points in the previous two games,” added the 65-year-old.

“There’d only been one change from the Harrogate Town game with Nathan Smith getting injured.

“I rewarded the players for their recent wins by keeping the same team and the same shape.”

That meant Conor Wilkinson missed out on a place in Daggers’ matchday squad at Sutton after joining on loan from Sky Bet League One side Gillingham on Thursday.

Taylor, though, noted that it is always hard for a new signing to break into a winning team after spending so little time with his new colleagues.

“Conor didn’t feature because in the last two games, the team that started and the substitutes did fine – there was no reason to change that,” said the former England caretaker manager.

“I got Conor in the building because he’s going to help us get some goals. It doesn’t mean he was going to get all the goals at Sutton, we’ll get him nicely match-fit and nicely ready for us.

“To come in and just train for two days isn’t ideal for somebody to get used to his new team-mates.

“For me, it wasn’t worth putting him in straight away. I’m sure he’ll have a good two weeks before our next league game and he’ll be in good nick for that.”

Taylor did confirm Wilkinson would feature at home to Heybridge Swifts in the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday, commenting: “The ones who haven’t played much football will be playing 90 minutes on Tuesday and it’s a good game.

“It’s a good game for them, it’s a good game because it’s Heybridge Swifts and it’s a good game because it’s the Essex Senior Cup. People like Conor will be playing.”

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