Dagenham & Redbridge assistant Darren Currie says squad only have themselves to blame after Torquay United loss
12:00 30 November 2016
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Daggers coach feels hosts created more than enough chances to beat Gulls
Assistant manager Darren Currie admits Dagenham & Redbridge only have themselves to blame after a 1-0 loss at home to Torquay United in the National League.
Daggers created a plethora of chances against the Gulls, but failed to take them and were punished when Kieffer Moore struck for the Devon club in the 76th minute.
Perhaps what proved to be the game-changing moment came 19 minutes prior when Torquay stopper Brendan Moore miraculously denied Jordan Maguire-Drew from close range.
From then on, there only seemed to be one team in it, and though Currie says it was a fantastic save to stop Maguire-Drew, he knows the Essex club had more than enough chances to win.
“It was a great save and I don’t think Jordan could have done much more, it came to him quick and he got a good connection, but it was a good save,” said the assistant.
“That along with others, there were enough chances and I’ve seen these boys enough to know they’re better than that in front of goal.
“We didn’t take our chances and if you don’t, the longer the game goes on, the more frustrated you get and we came away with nothing.
“We only have ourselves to blame because we haven’t been ruthless enough in front of goal.”
Despite the result, Corey Whitely was at the heart of everything good for Daggers and was rightly named as man of the match.
The ex-Enfield Town man nearly teed up Luke Guttridge in the eighth minute, while went close to scoring himself on numerous occasions.
At times he looked back to his frightening best, and Currie admits he was disappointed Whitely could not cap his display with a well-deserved goal.
“The goal was the only thing lacking in Corey’s game and the majority of chances fell to him,” added Currie, himself a former a winger.
“He was at his dynamic best, causing problems wherever he was on the pitch and it would have been nice for him to get a goal or two to top off his performance, but it wasn’t the case.”