Still wants a response from Daggers on trip to Halifax
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 February 2018
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Dagenham & Redbridge will be looking to end their miserable run in form as they make the long trip up north to Halifax this weekend.
The Daggers will head to The Shay on Saturday (3pm) as they look to end a three-game losing streak and get themselves back to winning ways after only winning once in their last eight National League fixtures.
John Still’s men are currently sitting 10th in the table, three spots outside the play-offs, and are now 11 points behind the league leaders Macclesfield Town.
They go into the match on the back of a 3-1 defeat to strugglers Solihull Moors at Victoria Road and manager Still wants a response from his men.
“I say it every week, when things are disappointing the only thing you can do is respond to disappointment,” Still said.
“I know everything about Halifax, we will go there, we will be prepared, we’ll be confident and hopefully we can get three points.”
The boss admits he is not worried about slipping away from the play-off places and believes it’s just about being stronger as a squad.
“I’ve been very fortunate, I’ve done this job for years and I’m not blowing my own trumpet, but I’ve been very successful at doing it,” he added.
“I’ve not won every game, I’ve not won every season, sometimes things don’t go for you, but it’s the same as everything else.
“In adversity everyone has to be strong so it’s back to work.”
He also revealed defending has been their problem this season and they will keep searching until they get it right.
Still added: “I’m not saying I’m concerned, a lot of it is more disappointment as from the start of the season I would have expected us to be in and around the top group like last year.
“Our goals suggest we can do that, but defensively we’re not coping very well, through any of the combinations to be quite honest with you, which I have to understand as a manager, as I bring the players in.
“When I look at who we had here last year and got us into the play-offs, Craig Robson and Scott Doe, we added Kevin Lokko and Bondz N’Gala.
“Whatever combinations we’ve used haven’t worked and this was even when we were on a good run, we were still conceding goals too easy, and we have to try address that.”