Daggers defender reveals half-time changes were the key to victory over Rotherham
Saturday’s match winner Scott Doe praised manager John Still and his team-mates for the second-half comeback
Dagenham & Redbridge match winner Scott Doe praised his team-mates for their second half turnaround in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Rotherham.
Trailing 1-0 at the break through Danny Harrison’s goal, Daggers looked set for a fourth straight league defeat.
But boss John Still abandoned his 4-3-3 formation to go 4-4-2, introduced striker Josh Scott from the bench for midfielder Ahmed Abdulla and asked Abu Ogogo and Michael Spillane to swap positions.
Daggers responded to the changes and goals from Jon Nurse, Ogogo and Doe earned three priceless points to lift the east Londoners out of the bottom two.
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Doe admitted at half time he couldn’t see Daggers taking anything from the game, but felt the win was fully deserved on their second-half showing.
“At half time, no, but at the same time I knew we could only get better,” he admitted.
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“The first half for us was poor, we were second to everything and they deserved to be winning.
“But after the team talk at half time I could tell that the lads were up for it and we could only get better.
“How we played in the second half is how we have to start a game, on the front foot. “It’s what we did at Torquay. But also that bit of luck with Abu’s shot deflecting in, I think that’s probably the first time this season we’ve had something like that go for us, so that was nice to see, as well as the two headers.”
Doe’s late winner was his third goal for the club, having opened his account for Daggers in the corresponding fixture with Rotherham earlier in the season and adding another against Plymouth.
But those two matches ended in defeat and the 23-year-old defender enjoyed the feeling of earning his side the points on Saturday – although revealed he should not have been attacking the corner.
“It’s a great feeling, it’s the first time I’ve had that,” he said. “I wasn’t even supposed to be going up for corners I just took it upon myself to go up and timed my run well. “At the end of the day we’ve got to be going for wins, we can’t be settling for draws, especially at home, so I thought I’d go up and just see what happened.”