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Currie frustrated with Daggers firing a blank against Mansfield Town

Dagenham & Redbridge first-team coach Darren Currie. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Dagenham & Redbridge first-team coach Darren Currie. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Sunday, March 2, 2014
5:29 PM

Daggers first-team coach Darren Currie felt it was just one of those days at the office as they failed to turn their dominance into a much-needed three point at Victoria Road against Mansfield Town yesterday.

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Daggers' Rhys Murphy sees his shot blocked by Alan Marriott of Mansfield Town. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTODaggers' Rhys Murphy sees his shot blocked by Alan Marriott of Mansfield Town. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

The hosts, particularly in the second half, failed to turn their chances into goals and though goalkeeper Alan Marriott kept them at bay, most of the efforts were straight at the 35-year-old.

“It was frustrating today,” said Currie. “We have had a couple of defeats recently at home which we have been disappointed with and again today we are disappointed even though we’ve picked up a point.”

In front of goal it was as frustrating for the visitors in the opening period, who rarely tested Chris Lewington in the Daggers goal, despite Sam Clucas and Ritchie Sutton finding themselves in great positions to break the deadlock.

That never materialised though and the obvious positive for the hosts was a point and a clean sheet – their eight of the campaign.

“We’ll reflect on the positives and the negatives but at the end of the day we will remain slightly disappointed that with the opportunities we have created today that we haven’t won the game,” he added.

“But we will talk about the positives and the lads will know in the changing rooms that on another day if they had their shooting boots on we win the game.”

“We know from previous times here that style of play where you are constantly putting it forward and asking questions of your opponents back four.

“It’s difficult to play against and in two separate spells in today’s game they have been difficult to play against but we stood up to it and on the whole I felt the back four did really well.”

The first-team coach also reserved special praise for midfield duo Abu Ogogo and Lawson D’Ath, in particular the former and how he went about his business right from the outset.

“You know what you are getting from Abs, he gives you absolutely everything,” he said.

“I think he chased someone down into the corner flag in about the first 30 seconds and that’s just typical of Abs.

“You only have to put him on the pitch and he wants to win a football match which is brilliant. We changed the shape with just the two of them in there, but they are two very good players and they’ve been brilliant for us and worked their socks off yet again.”

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