Taylor calls on his Daggers midfield to find more space
PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 September 2018
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Peter Taylor has urged his Dagenham & Redbridge midfielders to start finding more space for themselves on the pitch ahead of visiting Solihull Moors in the Vanarama National League on Tuesday.
Daggers suffered a 1-0 defeat at Eastleigh on Saturday, with Alex Wynter heading home late on for the hosts in Hampshire.
Despite the wet and wild conditions at the Silverlake Stadium, the Essex club tried their best to play out from the back.
It was a style Daggers struggled to implement in the opening 45 minutes, though they improved after the break.
Taylor insists his team will always try to play that way, but wants them to become cleverer in implementing it.
Speaking to the club website after the loss at Eastleigh, Taylor said: “We’re always going to try to play out from the back, but you have to do that at the right times and in the areas.
“In the second half against Eastleigh, I felt we did that in the right areas, but in the first half I thought we played long when we could have played a little bit shorter.
“It’s the midfield players who maybe have to get themselves a bit more space to make sure they’re available, and it’s the players on the ball who have to be brave with it.”
Daggers had their chances at Eastleigh, with Tomi Adeloye and Chike Kandi both guilty of wasting good opportunities in the opening 45 minutes.
Adeloye brilliantly fashioned room for himself at the end of a solo run, only to fire wide when pulling the trigger.
Kandi, meanwhile, saw a spot kick comfortably saved after Matt Robinson was fouled in the box.
By losing at Eastleigh, the Essex club saw a four-game unbeaten run come to an end, but Taylor is confident his team will keep their heads high despite the loss.
“Things in the previous four matches had gone for us, but against Eastleigh things didn’t,” added the one-time England caretaker manager.
“We mustn’t drop our heads too much and we must get ourselves organised again.”