Dagenham & Redbridge: John Still believes Daggers failed to play the conditions after draw with Woking

PUBLISHED: 17:59 07 April 2018

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still speaks to his squad after the draw with Woking (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still speaks to his squad after the draw with Woking (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers boss feels team did not adapt to difficult surface at home to Cards

Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still did not play the conditions accordingly after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to National League strugglers Woking.

Dan Sparkes had fired Daggers into a ninth-minute lead at Victoria Road with a sublime free-kick that went in from some 30 yards via the underside of the bar.

Just two minutes into the second half, though, the Cards drew level when Josh Staunton headed home against his former club.

Both teams had to contend with a difficult surface at Victoria Road, with the pitch not in the best of conditions at this late stage in the season.

And Still believes his team did not adapt their game accordingly to suit the state of the pitch against Woking.

“The first half, we were alright. I said at half time and probably 20 times during the game not to play the ball in front of their defence, but play the ball behind them,” he said.

“The pitch is poor and so bobbly, so anything in front is hard to control.

“You probably need two or three touches to control the ball, but we consistently played in front when we had to play it in behind.

“For me, that was a downfall for us and I think we aided them. They launched it forward and didn’t play too much from the back.”

In the build-up to the match, Woking parted company with manager Anthony Limbrick, with Geoff Chapple and Jason Goodliffe taking charge until the end of the term.

But Still believes the change of manager did not impact upon the result, adding: “Players are players, they can play to their best or play to their worst.

“If they play to their best, we have to play to our best, so I never believe in the ‘new manager’ impact.”

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