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Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still thrilled to start National League with big win at home to Southport

PUBLISHED: 17:52 06 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:52 06 August 2016

Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the third goal against Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the third goal against Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers boss happy with opening day display

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still was delighted the club began their National League campaign with a 3-0 success at home to Southport.

Fejiri Okenabirhie scored the opener against Port before teeing up Luke Guttridge to give Daggers a 2-0 lead at the break.

Jordan Maguire-Drew nodded home a third in the second half, but in truth it could have been a lot more for the Essex club.

At the full-time whistle, a noticeable cheer went around the ground in celebration at the win, something absent last season,

And Still was happy his team were able to get off to a flyer as they bid to return to the Football League at the first attempt.

“It was a good atmosphere. The boys played well, it was a convincing win and we could have had more,” said the ex-Luton Town manager.

“For an opener, I have to be pleased with that because I thought the team looked balance.

“We worked hard, we tried to pass and we got into some goo areas to find crosses.

“It was a hot day for both teams and you do tire, all you can hope is to win, but you’d like to win well and play well, and we did that.”

The win was not the only good news for Daggers fans on the day as the club announced the signings of Corey Whitely and Paul Benson at half time.

Both players are strikers, with Whitely joining from Enfield Town and Benson back for a second stint at Victoria Road.

And Still was pleased to add to his team’s attacking options, even after putting three past the Merseyside outfit.

“Corey’s a very talented young man, we’ve tried to get him for a while, but we’ve had to wait,” added the former Barnet boss.

“He’s bright, he’s good with the ball, he can score a goal and he’s another of these young, hungry ambitious men who want to do the best they can for themselves.

“We’re a club that likes to give those players that opportunity.

“Paul is someone who we all know. He’ll be a massive influence on all the inexperienced forwards, like Corey, Chris and Fejiri.”

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