Dagenham & Redbridge deserved win says boss John Still
PUBLISHED: 10:44 25 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:44 25 February 2018
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Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still felt his side were good value for their 3-2 win over Chester on Saturday.
Fejiri Okenabirhie gave the hosts an early lead with a fine 20-yard finish, only for Jordan Archer and Matty Waters to hit back either side of the break for Chester.
And with off-field problems having dogged the club in recent weeks, it looked like they were heading for a sixth defeat in seven National League outings until Okenabirhie levelled five minutes from time with a superb left-footed strike.
Daggers then claimed all three points when Matt Robinson’s ball into the box was headed into his own net by Andy Halls and Still said: “I think we deserved to win and to come back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 late is a great result for the players and the club as well.
“I thought first half we played terrific, I thought we was unfortunate to be at 1-1. Second half, it was the same for both teams, the wind was difficult. It was difficult to play fluid, but once we made the change of two people wide and bringing another forward on I thought we got on top and it was a matter of can we score?”
Still sent Chike Kandi on for Luke Howell midway through the second half, to partner the hard-working Michael Cheek in attack, and determined Daggers got their rewards.
“They started defending very deep which was making it difficult, but once we scored I thought we would win. I just had the feeling about it,” added Still.
“The way we’ve been lately, we’ve never stopped, it’s been terrific to be fair, with the problems we’ve had, they’ve responded unbelievable.”
Still praised the efforts of Okenabirhie and Cheek, in a solid team display, saying: “Fejiri is a very good player. It’s been a shame because people might think we’ve lost our matchwinners – Ferrier, Whitely can come up with something – but ‘Fey’ can do that as well and he’s come up with it today.
“Cheek has done very well. He came back in against Dover and led the line terrific but we had some good performances. Jake Howells was outstanding, Charlee Adams, Craig Robson and Bondz N’Gala hasn’t played for a long while but he has come in and done his job.”