Leaky defence a concern for Daggers boss

Still focuses on clean sheets after Hartlepool comeback

DAGGERS boss John Still has urged his side to become more resolute after watching them again surrender a lead against Hartlepool United on Saturday.

The home side went ahead in the 49th minute thanks to an own goal, before conceding an equaliser in injury time when Gary Liddle’s shot deflected off Mark Arber.

Despite missing several earlier chances to score in the contest, Still’s current concerns are with the team’s defensive stability.

“When results are not great people panic a little bit. That’s all it is,” he said. “That actually shows me how much they care to be honest, it’s a duel-edged sword.

“They put the big man (Armann Bjornsson) on in the second half and they were a big side who were putting a lot of balls into the box.

“We brought Phil Walsh on to try and combat that and the problem you get in a game like that isn’t the ball into the big man, as you can sometimes stop that, but it’s getting the regain off of it. That was what was causing us a problem.”

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He added: “We should be able to win 1-0. With the greatest respect, at this level, with our resources we are never going to get 20- or 25 (chances).

“I’m way beyond that. That never concerns me. We have to learn how to win 1-0.”

Still’s defensive options have been boosted by the return to training of Abu Ogogo and Will Antwi.

Both rejoined the squad before the Hartlepool game and could be in contention for selection against Leyton Orient on Saturday.

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