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Assistant manager Darren Currie backs Dagenham & Redbridge to bounce back against Gateshead

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 November 2016

Oliver Hawkins of Dagenham & Redbridge and Scott Garner of Halifax Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Oliver Hawkins of Dagenham & Redbridge and Scott Garner of Halifax Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers coach knows squad will rebound after FA Cup disappointment

Assistant manager Darren Currie says Dagenham & Redbridge’s failure to progress past Halifax Town in the FA Cup at the first attempt should not detract from what has been a good season ahead of a return to National League action on Saturday.

Daggers welcome Gateshead to Victoria Road this weekend, looking to improve on their goalless draw with the Shaymen of the National League North.

Though Currie admits the Essex club are disappointed that they now face a long, midweek trip to The Shay, he says there are positives for the club to build on in training this week ahead of hosting the Heed.

“If you look at the season on the whole, we’re strong at home and we’re strong away from home,” said the assistant.

“We have good momentum and we’re in a great place. We’re disappointed that we didn’t win a home match on Saturday and gone through to the next round of the FA Cup, which is what we all wanted.

“Let’s be positive, we still got a clean sheet and there are one or two other positives to take.

“The season is going well, we’re disappointed with our end product and quality on Saturday, but the season has been a real plus and we have to remember that.”

Daggers make the long trip to west Yorkshire on Tuesday, meaning Matt Robinson and Oliver Hawkins will not be able to be a part of the England C squad.

The duo had been named in the squad to travel to Tallinn next week to face Estonia under-23s, where a win would see England qualify for the final stage of the International Challenge Trophy next year.

However, with the replay at The Shay set to take place on the same day as the match at the A Le Coq Arena, Robinson and Hawkins have been withdrawn from the England C squad, but Currie says that is something the pair will have to get on with.

“It’s not what they wanted or what we wanted as a club, we wanted to make the advantage count on our home pitch and we haven’t done that,” added the assistant.

“The one or two consequences that come with that, so be it. If we had won, we wouldn’t be talking about it, but we didn’t do enough to win the game.”

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