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Disappointed Daggers boss Still believes side lacked any quality in Eastleigh defeat

PUBLISHED: 14:30 24 December 2017

Dagenham manager John Still and Eastleigh manager Andy Hessenthaler before the match on Saturday (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham manager John Still and Eastleigh manager Andy Hessenthaler before the match on Saturday (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still believes his side lacked quality as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against National League strugglers Eastleigh.

Daggers four-game winning streak in the league came to a halt after going 1-0 up thanks to Michael Cheek against the Spitfires as Chris Zebroski and Paul McCallum both netted to earn the visitors the three points at Victoria Road.

“I’m not disappointed when a winning run comes to an end because you always look back at the games you’ve won, but the manner in which you play is always a concern, and we never played to the level that we’ve played for most of the season,” said Still.

“We’ve had difficult games, mostly away not at home, as our home record I believe is the best in the league, but we fell short and I don’t think we had enough quality in our play. Both goals were avoidable, particularly the first one and we just never did enough to win the game.”

The boss praised Cheek’s goal and the run from full-back Sam Ling, but believes his side didn’t produce enough moments like that in the match.

He added: “There wasn’t enough of that, I think the last 20 minutes was all one-way traffic, we were getting up there and they were packing their defence so we needed the right cross, the right pass and we never provided the quality to do that.”

Still admitted defender Kevin Lokko was outmuscled by Zebroski for the equaliser, but believes that wouldn’t have been so costly had they played better all round.

“Nothing went wrong, it was one ball down the middle and it was Kevin Lokko and their centre forward, and he was just stronger and outmuscled him and finished it well,” he said.

“You can overcome things like that if the rest of your game is good enough, but the rest of our game wasn’t good enough.

“In the end we were attacking without enough quality in our play, they were packing their defence and had everyone back, and when that happens it’s not easy.

“At any level, take the Everton and Chelsea game (a 0-0 draw) for example, Chelsea attacked but they couldn’t break them down.

“The people we feel can provide that quality never really provided it and in the end I think we were almost banging our heads against the brick wall.”

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