Daggers boss concedes ref got it right
Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still had no complaints over the 90th minute penalty that denied his side a battling victory at Leyton Orient.
Playing their second London derby in four days following Saturday’s win over Charlton, Daggers led from the 12th minute, but were denied a priceless three points with the last-gasp spot-kick from Scott McGleish.
But the Daggers boss admitted referee Trevor Kettle had made the correct call.
“I can’t argue, it was a penalty,” conceded Still.
“We’re disappointed, we thought we had a blatant handball in the first half, but that’s how it goes, it was a penalty and it was a sending off, so I’ve got no complaints.
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“Femi just got caught out. He had a brilliant game, but he got caught out on the penalty. He’s a young boy learning his trade, he’ll learn from that like lots of the young players at this club have to.”
The Daggers boss hailed Saturday’s 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic as his side’s ‘best-ever’ victory, but Tuesday night’s performance at Brisbane Road was equally as good.
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The O’s were not allowed to settle and their usual brand of free-flowing football and building from the back was absent.
“We knew how they played, we’ve watched them, we set out to play a certain way and it was fantastic,” said Still.
“We got to a period in the game when it was the first time I’ve ever heard a crowd ask the team to get the ball up the pitch, they didn’t want them to pass the ball. It was terrific.
“All over the pitch I thought we were strong, we were organised. Most of their efforts were long range, which was how we would expect it to be, because they wouldn’t be able to play through us and so we were delighted with that.
“People would have looked to this game and said ‘if you get anything at Leyton Orient you’ve done fantastically’. Well not only did we get something we’ve played very well. We haven’t nicked a draw, we’ve come here and battled for it.”