Daggers boss accepts responsibility for Aldershot defeat
Dagenham & Redbridge 2 Aldershot Town 5
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still admitted the buck stops with him after witnessing his side’s heavy defeat to Aldershot at Victoria Road on Saturday.
Four first-half goals stunned Daggers, who could only net themselves through Jon Nurse.
Damien McCrory thumped in a late free-kick, but Aldershot scored again with virtually the last kick of the game to compound Daggers misery.
And, in a brutally honest assessment of his side’s performance, Still compared the defending to something more accustomed to a school playground.
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“We’re making so many errors that if you were schoolboy players you would be saying you’re disappointed,” said Still.
“We’re making too many errors unforced.
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“It isn’t like you’re playing a team, and on some days it happens, that completely rip you apart and you say ‘well we haven’t had a chance here’.
“I don’t see that. I always felt that we’d score enough goals, but we’ve got to stop conceding.
“I said to the players I don’t think its any of their faults. I bring them here, I coach them. It’s the manager’s responsibility, no-one else’s.
“If the players are not up to the job that’s not their fault, it’s my fault because I’ve brought them here, so I have to take responsibility.
“They’re told to defend properly and if we’d have defended properly we wouldn’t have been 2-0 down in six minutes.”
Read more reaction from John Still in Wednesday’s Barking & Dagenham Post