FA Cup: Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still has no qualms with replay, as Leyton Orient manager Steve Davis praises ‘exciting’ initial tie
PUBLISHED: 18:04 14 October 2017
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Daggers played out a goalless draw with O’s, with replay to take place on Tuesday
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still says he is happy to still be in the draw for the first round of the FA Cup, despite having enough chances to beat Leyton Orient in the fourth qualifying round.
In a frantic derby, Daggers had 14 shots in total – double what their local rivals could manage.
However, it was Orient who came closest to scoring, with Macauley Bonne and David Mooney heading onto the bar in quick succession midway through the first half.
The two sides will do it all again at Brisbane Road on Tuesday night, and Still has no qualms about being taken to a replay.
“I’m not disappointed at having a replay because it’s cup football and a local derby, which makes it interesting, and you get what you get,” he said.
“I would liked to have won, bur we haven’t lost. I was OK with how we played and I was happy with most aspects of the game.
“The referee (Thomas Bramall) could have been kinder to us, there were too many fouls in the game and it broke down too often.
“I’d like to see the foul count for both teams. So many of their players fouled; I don’t think it was a tactic, but it slowed the game down for us.
“We’ve been playing really well. We were free scoring, but all of a sudden the ball’s not been going in for us – that’s football.”
Orient manager Steve Davis also believed the initial tie between the two sides was entertaining.
“It was a good cup game and both teams had a go at trying to win it,” he commented.
“It was quite end to end at times; it lacked a bit of quality, then saw a bit of quality – it had everything.
“It was a really competitive derby, we gave away a few fouls – probably a few more than I would have liked, but that’s what the game is about. We want to try to compete and win the game.”
With a replay to come on Tuesday, both sides will eagerly watch the draw on Monday at 7pm, looking to see who ball 64 draws.