Frankie Raymond praises Dagenham & Redbridge’s mentail strength after draw at Forest Green Rovers

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 October 2016

Corey Whitely of Dagenham & Redbridge and Daniel Wishart of Forest Green Rovers (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Corey Whitely of Dagenham & Redbridge and Daniel Wishart of Forest Green Rovers (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers defender delighted with response to going a goal down at Rovers

Sam Ling of Dagenham & Redbridge and Rhys Murphy of Forest Green Rovers (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo) Sam Ling of Dagenham & Redbridge and Rhys Murphy of Forest Green Rovers (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Frankie Raymond believes Dagenham & Redbridge showed tremendous fighting spirit to earn a draw at National League leaders Forest Green Rovers.

Former Daggers forward Rhys Murphy fired Rovers ahead in the 48th minute, but Oliver Hawkins nodded in Joe Widdowson’s cross to equaliser 16 minutes from time.

It was the first time this season that the Victoria Road side have come from behind to take something from a match, and Raymond says that is testament to the squad’s attitude.

“We knew we were coming up against a good team and they got a goal early in the second half, but we showed we’re big enough and strong enough now,” said the 23-year-old

“We’ve grown as a team to not let those little knockbacks to get us down and carry on to get the goal. We looked the better team after that, so we did well.”

Raymond lined up once again at left-back and was part of a Daggers defensive line that was peppered by Forest Green attacks in the first half.

Despite the barrage, the Essex club held firm and Raymond was proud of how the defence coped at The New Lawn.

“We kept our shape well, which was always the plan not to go rushing out and not to make any mistakes,” added the ex-Reading trainee.

“We kept our shape and when we win the ball back, we have the players to hurt teams.”

Lining up in attack for Rovers were two former Daggers strikers in Rhys Murphy and Christian Doidge, both of whom had been team mates with Raymond.

And though Raymond admits there was a slight air of inevitability one would score against their former club, he was happy with the reaction from the Victoria Road outfit.

“One of them was always likely to score against their former team, but the response was great,” said the former Eastbourne Borough man

“Going one down away to the team top of the league, to earn a draw shows how strong we are as a team. We’re growing every game.”

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