Dagenham & Redbridge: Daggers winger Daniel Sparkes disappointed to draw with National League strugglers Woking

PUBLISHED: 10:30 09 April 2018

Daggers winger Daniel Sparkes scored the opening goal from a free-kick (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers winger Daniel Sparkes scored the opening goal from a free-kick (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge winger Daniel Sparkes feels like they threw away two points against strugglers Woking as they drew 1-1.

The 26-year-old was disappointed that his side let a sloppy goal in just after half-time and have to settle for a share of the spoils after his opener.

“It was slow, no real tempo, the gaffer had a go at us at the end and rightly so as I think we threw away two points,” Sparkes said.

“The game was there for us, we got off to a good start, I thought first-half we pinned them in even though we didn’t really create much.

“Second-half they scored an early goal and we couldn’t really get going.

“It was just a bity and scrappy game that weren’t really one for passing, the pitch was quite lively and we just didn’t really stick to the game plan.”

After a fairly even opening, Fejiri Okenabirhie won a free kick in a central position some 30 yards out in the ninth minute.

Sparkes stepped up to take the spot kick and, with a sublime, curling effort, found the target via the underside of the bar to give the hosts the lead.

“To be fair, initially I thought it was a bit too far out and against the wind as well, but I pride myself on my set pieces and I try to make it perfect every time I take a free-kick, whether it’s good or not.

“I just thought whip it as hard as you can it’s quite far out and it’s going to have to take something special to beat the keeper and it’s gone bar and in so it couldn’t have gone any sweeter.

“When I was younger, early days at Histon I hit one pretty much identical to that, it was pretty loopy and it wasn’t as powerful, but I’ll take that.”

The former Torquay United man admits his pleasing free-kick meant nothing as they missed out on picking up another three points in the match.

“We didn’t want to give them a sniff, we said at half-time come out quickly, come out strong and I think they had a wide free-kick that went out for a corner and a free header got them back in it.

“It was sloppy, it’s as simple as that, and like I said we’ve thrown away two points.

“We knew they’d be fighting for their lives because of their position in the table but at the same time we need the points as well.”

Daggers now face two away games this week against Wrexham and Bromley.

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