Daggers midfielder Robinson admits pre-season has been tough with so many new players
PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 July 2018
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Midfielder one of few players to remain with Essex club over summer, but says new squad is coming together nicely
Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Matt Robinson admits this pre-season has been one of the toughest of his career to date with so many new faces arriving, but he is confident things are starting to come together nicely.
Robinson is one of the few players to have remained with Daggers over the summer and, at just 24, is considered one of the more experienced heads in the squad.
The Essex club have also had to adapt to a new management team, with Peter Taylor taking over at the helm following John Still’s resignation.
It means this pre-season has placed a greater emphasis on forging new bonds compared to previous campaigns.
And while Robinson says it was difficult at first, he feels the squad now have a good understanding with the new Vanarama National League season drawing ever closer.
“Most footballers have a stage in their career where clubs, for whatever reason, have something of a clearout,” he said.
“Players leave all the time and it’s something you get used to, but with the number of new players coming in, it has been quite hard.
“That’s part of being a team; you have to adapt and learn people strengths. What will show when the season starts is that we have got used to each other and hopefully that helps us pick up some results.”
Robinson was speaking after playing the second half for Daggers in a 2-0 home defeat against Cambridge United on Wednesday, when an Ade Azeez brace was enough to sink the hosts.
And he was keen to take the positives from the display, saying: “I think it went well. In the first half, we showed some strengths and conceding from a set-piece is never ideal, but we’d rather it happens now than in the season.
“The second half, I thought we came out and, in the first 20 minutes, pushed for a goal.
“We came close a couple of times and the penalty was a bit unfortunate, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
“We should know better to keep our concentration up for the full 90 minutes.
“The result didn’t go our way, but there are a lot of positives for us to take from the game.”
Daggers visit Vanarama National League South outfit Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday for their final pre-season friendly.