Southend were just too strong for us insists Daggers boss

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still disappointed by performance in 3-0 loss to Shrimpers.

Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still admitted he could have taken off all 11 players at half time such was their performance in the 3-0 home loss to Southend United yesterday.

Still was disappointed by his side, which conceded after just 63 seconds through former Dagger Gavin Tomlin, and believed it was truly a day to forget.

“The first goal came after no time and it looked like a foul to us (on Luke Wilkinson) but you get a deflection and that’s football,” said Still.

“But from then on we never picked up and Southend almost never allowed us to get going. We didn’t have enough good players today, not enough played well.”

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The Victoria Road chief settled with two changes at the break with Jake Caprice and Brian Woodall on for Jake Reed and Michael Spillane, but Still insisted his side lacked the experience of their high flying Essex visitors.

“It probably was one of those games where the players didn’t click and I said at half time I could actually change 11 but obviously you can’t,” he added.

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“It was one of those days which wasn’t good for us but it is one of the things that I have to accept with an inexperienced side.

“I just felt that all over the pitch Southend had good knowledge, good players and good experience.

“The second half was better, I thought we had four or five reasonable goalscoring opportunities which we needed one to go in to try and get the game changed but it didn’t and fair play to Southend.”

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