Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie wants good home form to continue long into season
PUBLISHED: 10:30 17 August 2016
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Former Daggers midfielder happy new-look squad look to be ending recent struggles at Victoria Road
Assistant manager Darren Currie hopes Dagenham & Redbridge can turn Victoria Road into a fortress this season after making it two wins from two at home with a 1-0 win over Lincoln City in the National League.
Luke Guttridge’s 26th minute dink over Imps keeper Paul Farman was enough to see Daggers add to their opening day success over Southport at Victoria Road.
In comparison, Daggers won just three league matches at home in the entirety the last campaign having taken 17 attempts to win in front of their own fans in the first place.
Although early in the campaign, things look a little different this time around as Daggers look to build their season on good home form, with Currie hoping they can continue their positive run for a while yet.
“It’s about time (we did well at home)!” said the ex-Ipswich Town winger. “It’s a new group of players and what’s gone on in the past has gone now.
“We’ve got a good group of lads who are hungry to do well, and they’ve shown their defensive togetherness against Lincoln, which was fantastic.
“We’ve scored goals all through pre-season and in the first few games, but we showed a real resilience that they can all take credit for.
“It’s nice to see how desperate they were to win.”
The success against Lincoln was not without a few nervous moments, though, as Daggers came under siege at times in the second half, with Josh Staunton performing a superb last-ditch challenge late on to keep the hosts ahead.
Like so often last season, the Essex club appeared to reatreat towards their own goal in the second half, inviting pressure from the Imps.
But having hung on for the win, Currie hopes the squad now have the confidence now to kick on and add to a lead rather than keeping hold of what they have if they find themselves in that position again.
“You just get caught up trying to protect what you have instead of having that killer instinct to go on, get another and see it out,” added the former Brighton & Hove Albion man.
“We’ve certainly got enough attacking threats to get a second and a third, we’ve proved that in the games we’ve played already.
“In all fairness, their keeper has got as big a kick as I’ve ever seen and with him kicking discouraged us getting higher up the pitch because he could kick it higher up the pitch.
“In the second half, we said about trying to stop the keeper from kicking it long and make him play out to the centre-backs.
“What tended to happen was we had half the team pressing and half the team sitting off.
“It added to a bit of confusion and it ended in us inviting pressure.
“When the pressure came, we all stood up to be counted. It’s something we’ll talk about and work on, but when it mattered we put bodies on the line and held on to the clean sheet.”