Dagenham & Redbridge: John Still feels referee Adam Bromley made right call in dismissing Kevin Lokko against Wrexham

PUBLISHED: 18:03 21 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:10 23 October 2017

Kevin Lokko of Dagenham & Redbridge is shown a red card against Wrexham

Kevin Lokko of Dagenham & Redbridge is shown a red card against Wrexham

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Daggers boss has no complaints over 32nd minute dismissal of defender against Robins

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still feels Kevin Lokko was rightfully sent off in their 1-0 loss at home to Wrexham in the National League.

Daggers had Lokko dismissed in the 32nd minute for a reckless challenge on Mark Carrington and played the final hour with 10 men.

Despite being a man down, Daggers thought they had taken the lead late on when Mason Bloomfield found the net, only to see the linesman flagging for offside.

Instead, it was the Welsh side who left Victoria Road triumphant, with Daggers defender Craig Robson turning the ball into his own net in stoppage time.

It was a cruel blow on Daggers, who might be left to think what might have been with 11 players, but Still says referee Adam Bromley made the right decision in dismissing Lokko.

“Kevin deserved to be sent off, I have no complaints about that. With 10, we were the best team,” he said.

“We couldn’t have done any more and we did everything right. We were bold and went 4-3-2.

“It’s difficult for me, but talking to their manager, goalkeeper and defenders, they say Mason wasn’t offside, so we’ve scored a goal that wasn’t given.

“We played at Woking a couple of weeks back when Regan Charles-Cook scored, but if you saw his tackle again, he deserved to be sent off, but wasn’t. We can’t control that, we can only control the controllables.

“Of all the games we’ve played this season, we’ve played some great stuff and had some disappointments, that was our best performance.”

Wrexham manager Dean Keates, meanwhile, was pleased to overcome a dogged Daggers side and claim all three points at Victoria Road.

“We’re over the moon to get the three points because Dagenham is a tough place to go to,” he said.

“We kind of smashed-and-grabbed it if I’m honest. The sending off can go one way or the other: if you score straight after, it can make your life easier, but it galvanised Dagenham.

“We had a little bit of luck today, we’ve not had much this season, but we had a bit of the rub of the green.

“They were maybe unlucky with one of their disallowed goals when offside was given.

“We were on the end of a red card at Tranmere and it can galvanise you. It went more in Dagenham’s favour, it brought them all together and fair play to them, they were outstanding with 10 men.

“We kept going and if you keep going, you get the rub of the green, which we got in the end.”

For Daggers, it could be a case of what might have been following Lokko’s dismissal midway through the first half.

But boss John Still believes referee Adam Bromley made the correct decision in dismissing the defender.

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