Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Matt Robinson happy team improve at the back to beat Guiseley
PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 August 2016
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Daggers new signing glad team tighten up in defence after costly loss at Chester
Matt Robinson was pleased Dagenham & Redbridge were more assured in defence against Guiseley to record a clean sheet, having shipped three goals at Chester on Tuesday.
Daggers rarely gave the Lions a sight of goal at Nethermoor Park, with keeper Elliot Justham enjoying a quiet afternoon in west Yorkshire — something he probably enjoyed after picking the ball out of the net three times in the previous match.
At the other end, Chris Assombalonga and Oliver Hawkins both headed in their first goals of the season to give Daggers the win.
The Victoria Road club could, and perhaps should, have won by more and Robinson hopes that does not return to haunt the Essex club at the end of the season, but was delighted to get the right result all the same.
“In terms of the result, the most important thing was to come to Guiseley and get the three points,” said the ex-Luton Town midfielder.
“I think we could have got more out of the game and got a more positive result, even if it’s just in terms of goal difference.
“The performance was good, they only had one shot on target I think, so defensively I thought we were all right, but there’s still things we can work on everywhere.”
It was also a welcome return to winning ways following the disappointment at Chester on Tuesday, with Daggers climbing to seventh in the process.
In that match at the Deva Stadium, John Still’s men fell behind in the 12th minute, but it was a different story at Nethermoor Park with Assombalonga netting in the sixth minute.
And Robinson admits the fast start at Guiseley was needed because it helped settle Daggers following the loss in their previous match.
“That was something we said we needed to work on because we didn’t come out of the traps on Tuesday,” added the ex-Leicester City youngster.
“I don’t know if that was because it was the first away game or what it was, but there was no excuse for it.
“We had to try to rectify it as soon as possible and Guiseley was the best way to do that, so to come out of the traps early was important.
“We did that, Chrissy got a good goal after good work from Fey and it took a while to get the second, but eventually we did.
“I think we had it sealed off before that, but there’s always a chance they can get back in the game.”