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Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still pleased with friendly displays as pre-season comes to an end

PUBLISHED: 09:26 01 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:26 01 August 2016

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still and AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still and AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers manager happy on the whole, even after loss to Wimbledon

Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still has been pleased with the club’s pre-season campaign, despite ending it with a 1-0 loss at home to AFC Wimbledon.

David Fitzgerald headed home the only goal of the match in the first half to give the Dons to win and consign Daggers to a second friendly loss of the week.

It was also the first time during pre-season that Daggers have failed to score in a match, but Still is unconcerned, saying he’s pleased with the friendly displays overall.

“Pre-season has been very good and I’ve been really pleased. We’ve got a completely new group, a lot of them young and inexperienced,” said the former Barnet manager.

“I’ve been delighted with the two main games against Leyton Orient and Wimbledon. We were good against Orient, particularly in the first half, and against Wimbledon we were the best team.”

Against Dons, there were certain bright moments for Daggers, who did look dangerous on the break.

Luke Guttridge was pulling the strings as playmaker, while Oliver Hawkins and Fejiri Okenabirhie were causing the visitors’ defence problems.

However, once Hawkins was taken off as a precaution having taken a knock midway through the second half, Daggers never looked the same, much to Still’s annoyance.

“The problem we’re going to get is when we change things because we haven’t got a massive squad,” added the ex-Luton Town manager.

“Oliver coming off saw us lose our focal point, but once the game settled down, we were really good. There was some good interplay and good link up play.”

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