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Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still bemoans lack of intensity in Chester loss

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 August 2016

Matt Robinson of Dagenham & Redbridge and James Alabi of Chester (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Matt Robinson of Dagenham & Redbridge and James Alabi of Chester (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers boss unhappy players could not play to same levels of Southport win

Boss John Still says Dagenham & Redbridge failed to match the intensity of their opening day success against Southport in their loss to Chester on Tuesday night.

Unsurprisingly on the opening day of the season against Port, Daggers looked full of running with players regular beating their markers and knocking the ball around at a high intensity.

Against Chester, however, it was a different story as the Victoria Road club struggled to close the Blues down on their way to a 3-0 defeat.

The wind was swirling around the Deva Stadium which did not help matters either, and Still believes his team struggled to adjust to the conditions accordingly.

“Our game was too slow and in the end much too short. With the windy conditions, you had to play in the other teams’ half,” admitted the ex-Luton Town boss.

“I said before we went out, for 10 minutes let’s play in the other team’s half. We kept our game too short and I want to pass it, but it was too short.”

Despite a first-minute shot from Luke Guttridge, Daggers were penned in by Chester before Elliot Durrell opened the scoring in the 12th minute.

From there, the visitors continued to struggle to even get out of their own half at times, though nearly pulled a goal back at the end of the half, leaving Still to ponder what might have been had that gone in.

“We looked full of energy on Saturday, we didn’t look full of energy on Tuesday. In fairness to them, they were better than us. The first two goals were worldies, we could have played well and they would have scored those goals,” he added.

“Their keeper has made a great save at 2-0 from Oliver Hawkins that could have taken us into half time closer to them.

“Then you have to gamble and throw people forward. I don’t take too much notice of the last third of the game, you want to chase it and want to try and get back into it. We never looked convincing.”

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