Dagenham & Redbridge skipper Scott Doe absolves attack of blame after loss at Sutton United
PUBLISHED: 11:24 31 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:24 31 August 2016
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Daggers captain refuses to criticise forwards despite failing to convert chances at U’s
Dagenham & Redbridge captain Scott Doe says he will not blame the club’s attackers after they drew a blank in their National League defeat at Sutton United on Monday.
Having fired three past Wrexham on Saturday, forward Oliver Hawkins had an off-day, missing good chances in both halves as Daggers succumbed to a second loss of the season.
Jordan Maguire-Drew also had an effort cleared off the line, while Corey Whitely also went close to his first goal for the Essex club before going off with an injury.
But having seen the Victoria Road club score 12 times in their opening seven matches, Doe says he cannot find fault with the attackers.
“In fairness to the attackers, I’m not going to criticise them at all because our front five have been outstanding at the start of the season,” said the centre-back.
“We’ve scored at three goals in three different games.
“Ollie also had a chance in the second half which he should have scored too, but he got a hat-trick the other day.
“Jordan had one cleared off the line, which is very good defending and he couldn’t have done anymore.
“We had other chances as well, but it wasn’t to be. The performance wasn’t too bad, which is the main thing.”
It was a difficult afternoon for Daggers south London as they saw their four-game winning streak come to an end against the U’s.
The match itself was not the greatest of spectacles, as both teams struggled with the 3G pitch at Gander Green Lane.
It was also a match which failed to have much of a rhythm, partly due to the referee blowing up every few minutes for another foul.
And Doe admits it was a tough afternoon for the club as they were left scratching their head as to how they did not come away with a point.
“Frustrating is the main word because we maybe started a little slowly, conceded quite a poor goal on our part and should have defended it.
“We had more than enough chances to win more than one game, so it has been very frustrating day.
“We knew about Sutton and that they would be a strong, physical side. I thought we dealt with it OK, but we just didn’t take our chances.”