Still’s Daggers looking to continue their unbeaten start to the new campaign
PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 August 2017
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Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still admitted it’s a ‘long season’ and they need to work hard in the opening month, despite starting with two wins.
The Daggers are set to face one of the National League’s big spenders as they travel to Eastleigh on Saturday.
The veteran boss will be hoping his side can continue their unbeaten start to the season, but admits he never gets too carried away early on in the campaign.
“It’s a long season, I never get too excited, I think it takes six to eight games for everything to sort itself out, so whatever we can get in that six to eight games is going to be a big plus for us,” said Still.
“We’ve got to work hard, have the same organisation and discipline that we had on Tuesday because although they did get one, Mark didn’t really have to make a save.”
Dagenham & Redbridge go into the weekend’s match off the back of a 2-1 opening-day win over Barrow and a 2-1 midweek victory at Boreham Wood.
Fejiri Okenabirhie netted inside five minutes and a well placed free-kick from Corey Whitely proved decisive, with the manager ‘delighted’ with the display despite a late charge from the hosts.
He added: “We battled like hell, it was a local derby away from home and I’m delighted to have won. As we saw when we played them last year, local derbies I think are the hardest to win, I really do.
“I thought we played very well first half, I think if ‘Fey’ scores, he had a great chance for 3-1, they come out, they throw people forward and we never played as well in the second half. But you know what we did, we battled.”
Oliver Hawkins was brought on in the 66th minute to replace former Wood striker Morgan Ferrier, who took a knock and Still believes that was a ‘blow’ for his side in the match.
“Morgan coming off was a blow because he was giving them a load of problems with that little bit of extra pace, but I’m delighted to win,” he added. “He’s going to be a good player, hopefully, for us, but away from home in a midweek local derby, we battled like hell.”
The boss did admit his side could have been better in the second half, adding: “Could we have played better? Yes. I’m happy with that, it was just the creativity side of our game I didn’t think was as good in the second half as it can be.”
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