Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still says quality was still in squad for draw with Woking
PUBLISHED: 15:08 29 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 01 May 2017
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Daggers manager made nine changes to face Cards with an eye on National League promotion semi-final
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still was adamant there was enough quality in the team that drew with Woking in the National League after making nine changes.
With one eye on the promotion semi-final with Forest Green Rovers on Thursday, only Mark Cousins and Luke Howell kept their places in the Daggers XI.
However, the Essex club fell behind to an early Max Kretzschmar goal, though earned a share of the spoils when Scott Heard came off the bench to score late on.
In truth, the result did not matter much for Daggers, who will be at home in the promotion semi-final first leg on Thursday.
And Still insists that many players who took to the pitch against Cards would have been first-team regulars this team, injury permitting.
“When I look at the team against Woking, if they were injury-free, some of those would have been in the team this season, no doubt about it,” he said.
“Fejiri Okenabirhie and Matt Robinson were both in the team this season, but that was Luke Pennell’s first game this season – it’s incredible.
“’Lingy’ (Sam Ling) too is another who has been injured, but people needed games and some of them did fantastic.
“It gives me a little food for thought about picking the right teams and the right substitutes.”
There were times during the second half, though, when some of the Daggers players started to tire.
Both Ling and Luke Pennell went down and had to be tended to by physio John Gowens.
And Still acknowledged that tiredness was a factor in the second period, but praised the players for carrying on.
“We made three changes in the second half, but we would have made six if we could because there were a couple struggling by the end,” he added.
“‘Lingy and Luke Pennell were struggling, but they just got on with it, which was brilliant.
“The spirit in what we have and the ability in what we have will give us a chance in the play-offs.”