Normal service resumed in defence for Daggers

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still was delighted that the changes made to his side paid dividends in their 2-0 win at Accrington Stanley.

Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still was more than pleased that his defence were back to its efficient best in the 2-0 victory at Accrington.

The Victoria Road side had conceded nine in their last three league games, but successfully negotiated the task at hand in Lancashire.

They were rarely troubled by a front line which included former England international James Beattie and Still was delighted that his defence were back to their best.

“Well we defended properly for starters,” said boss John Still. “We have made too many mistakes defensively and we have never given ourselves a chance whereas today we were solid defensively and limited them to very little.

“I think we had two other really good efforts. Why he hasn’t given a penalty I really don’t know but overall it was a good, proper Dagenham performance.”

Still changed things around after the three defeats, with captain Abu Ogogo switching back into a central midfield role, while Gavin Hoyte started his first league game since October.

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And the Daggers chief reserved special praise for his back line.

“Scott Doe and Luke Wilkinson were excellent and the back four was good,” he added.

“We made a little change and put Abs in midfield on a heavy pitch and I thought we needed a defensive player in there.

“ I just felt we were nice and compact. I said at half time ‘they are going to get the ball forward and get behind it’ but I thought we defended quite clever because we let them have the ball in front of us and they kept passing back which enabled us to keep compact.

“They didn’t carve out many opportunities so I was really pleased with that.”

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