Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still demands improved display at Guiseley
PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 August 2016
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Daggers manager expects much better as squad attempt to tame Lions
Dagenham & Redbridge make their first ever trip on Saturday to Nethermoor Park in Guiseley, where boss John Still will want an improved display from his side.
After a comfortable 3-0 opening-day success at home to Southport on Saturday, Daggers suffered their first loss of the season at Chester on Tuesday night.
The Victoria Road outfit were beaten 3-0 at the Deva Stadium, with Still admitting his squad lacked experience.
However, the Daggers boss also hoped the team could learn from that defeat and put it to good use this season as they bid to return to the Football League at the first time of asking.
“Every day, every training session, every game, you look and learn about your strengths and weaknesses,” said Still.
“What happens in pre-season is almost immaterial, it’s about getting your fitness up. You look for organisation.
“We never looked in 90 minutes like we could put enough pressure on Chester, that’s disappointing.
“Disappointments come and you have learn to overcome them, and find why things happen.”
Still has also been keen for Daggers to play an expressive brand of football this season, which worked against Southport.
However, they struggled to make much of an impact with that same style at Chester as the Blues closed Daggers down.
Should that same scenario occur at Guiseley, though, Still hopes his team can figure out a better way to get around it than they did at the Deva Stadium.
“Sometimes you cannot play how you want to because the other team don’t let you,” he said.
“On top of that, we never played well enough to enable ourselves to pass as much as we wanted to at Chester.
“When that happens, and it will happen, you’ve got to play a bit higher up the pitch.
“We never grasped that, and that could be inexperience. This is football and there’s another game soon.”
One slight positive on a dismal night in Cheshire was a first Daggers’ appearance for Paul Benson in almost six years.
Benson has rejoined the club on an initial one-year deal and was unveiled at half-time during the Southport win alongside fellow new striker Corey Whitely, who has agreed a two-year contract after joining from Enfield Town.
And Still hopes Benson can have a positive affect on the squad’s young forwards, adding: “One of the reasons we brought Paul in is because the others are still learning.”