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Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still: We lacked quality against Maidstone United

PUBLISHED: 09:30 01 March 2017

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Oliver Hawkins of Dagenham & Redbridge can only watch as Delano Sam-Yorke of Maidstone United celebrates scoring the second goal (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Oliver Hawkins of Dagenham & Redbridge can only watch as Delano Sam-Yorke of Maidstone United celebrates scoring the second goal (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still bemoaned a lack of quality from his team following a 2-0 loss at home to relegation-threatened Maidstone United in the National League.

The Essex club fell behind to an early wonder strike from Stones striker Joe Pigott and conceded a second late on to Delano Sam-York after the Kent club had Stuart Lewis dismissed for a second booking.

Daggers, though, did see plenty of the ball, but were let down by both their passing and control, something which Still acknowledged after the defeat.

“It doesn’t matter how much ball you have if the quality of the ball, of the pass, of the first touch is a long way off what we are capable of,” he said.

“We had two or three chances late on in the first half; second half we had loads of the ball, but I can’t really remember creating a chance to score.

“Not enough players produced the quality they are capable of and when it comes to winning games, you have to have some sort of quality.”

Despite beating Bromley in the last game, Still opted to make two changes for the visit of Maidstone.

One of those was in goal, as Mark Cousins replaced Elliot Justham for his first league start of the season.

And Still revealed he opted to make the switch because he believed Justham had struggled in recent weeks.

“Elliot has done brilliantly, but he was a bit off of his game against Bromley and I felt it was the right time to give Mark an opportunity,” added the former Luton Town boss.

“It doesn’t mean to say Elliot won’t play the next game, I just felt it was the right thing to do.”

There was also a recall for Scott Doe too as he came in for Jake Howells, which led to something of a reshuffle.

Jake Sheppard was pushed up to right-wing from defence, with Doe coming in at full-back rather than his usual position in the middle.

The Daggers skipper was picked ahead of Sam Ling and Josh Staunton, both of whom can play full-back, to start at the back, but Still revealed he wanted to get his leader back on the pitch.

“Sam has been out for a long time, so he was never going to start, but the reason we went with ‘Doey’ at right-back is because he’s our captain,” he said.

“He can play right-back and so can Josh, but ‘Doey’ is our captain. We felt today we might have needed another leader in that respect, it’s nothing against Josh in terms of on the pitch.”

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